LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 02/05/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 2 May, 2019
LOCAL ELECTIONS: VOTING GETS UNDERWAY
Voting is underway in the latest district and parish council elections in Norfolk and Suffolk.
The polling stations will close later this evening, but counting won’t start in most places until tomorrow morning.
No change in control is likely in the district elections in Norfolk. Most are Conservative-controlled, including South Norfolk which has been a Tory stronghold since 2007.
No changes are expected either in Mid-Suffolk, where many wards are being contested by just two candidates, with no Labour involvement.
START PLANNED FOR THE SUMMER AS MAJOR PROJECT GETS THE GO-AHEAD
A multi-million-pound scheme to improve the busy A140 main road near Eye airfield has finally been given the go-ahead.
Construction is due to start in late summer and should be completed by the middle of next year. A new link road will be built connecting with the B1077, along with two roundabouts, at either end of the airfield industrial site.
The scheme is intended to reduce congestion and make the A140 safer, with future development likely to bring up to 3,000 new jobs to the site.
INQUIRY CONTINUES AS CAUSE OF DEATH REMAINS UNSURE
An investigation is continuing into the death of a man in Diss town centre.
The man, aged in his 40s, had suffered a head injury, but a post-mortem yesterday proved inconclusive. Further tests are now due to take place but police say that no third party involvement is suspected at this stage.
The body of the man was found in the grounds of St Mary’s parish church on Tuesday morning. Investigations remain focussed in the area around the churchyard, although Church Street is now open again.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.
STUDY OF QUALITY OF LIFE IN NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK
A new study on quality of life has found that Suffolk is a better place to live than Norfolk…..but only just!
The survey, carried out by the Happy City charity, looked at a series of elements affecting people’s well-being. Suffolk was rated slightly higher for local conditions and sustainability, but Norfolk performed better for equality.
South Norfolk was ranked fourth, with North Norfolk rated the best area in the county. Among factors taken into account were safety, employment, transport, education, life expectancy and community cohesion.