LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 05/02/2019
Written by Mike Stewart on 5 February, 2019
THE COST OF POLICING SET TO GO UP IN NORFOLK
The cost of policing in Norfolk is going up, with council tax payers facing an increase of ten per cent.
It’s the maximum allowed before holding a local referendum and will add an average £24 on to council tax bills for the year.
Chief constable Simon Bailey has said that the extra money will allow him to bring in new officers to keep the community safe and help reduce other cuts. He says that a freeze on the police precept would result in losing about 90 officers.
Meanwhile, Norfolk county council is expected to agree to increasing its share of council tax by around three per cent, when it meets next week.
SUFFOLK SETS OUT SCHOOL TRANSPORT PLANS
Suffolk county council has announced its new plans for school transport, from this autumn.
It’s given details to schools in the county about changes in policy, which will be phased in from September. For the first time, parents whose children qualify for council-funded travel to school will need to apply to opt in to the service – by the end of May.
Local schools or communities thinking of arranging their own transport are urged to contact the county council for details of available support.
LISTED FARMHOUSE TO BE KNOCKED DOWN
A derelict historic farmhouse is to be demolished near Hoxne. It’s planned to replace the 17th-century building at Cherry Tree Farm with a new modern eco-home.
Mid Suffolk planners have given the go-ahead for demolition, after it was found that the grade 2 listed house was in a bad state and no longer viable for a re-build. The house in Denham Road was listed about 30 years ago, but parts of it have since collapsed.
‘DRY’ JANUARY IN THE EAST
The first month of this year was one of the driest Januarys on record in this region.
The Met Office says the East had only 22.9 millimetres of rain last month – well below the average. It was second only to the rainfall for January 1997, since records began nearly 110 years ago.