LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 11/10/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 14 October, 2018
CALL FOR COUNTY’S AUTISM SERVICE TO BE IMPROVED
A health watchdog is calling for a major improvement in Norfolk’s autism service.
Healthwatch Norfolk says that families are continuing to receive a poor level of service. The new call follows a report last year that patients were having to wait up to two years to be fully assessed.
It’s thought that up to 1,700 children in the county are affected by the condition.
MYSTERY OF DISEASE AFFECTING HARES
Researchers are investigating a mystery illness that is affecting brown hares around the Waveney Valley.
A number of sick and dead hares have been reported around Diss, Bungay and also Thetford. Early tests by animal health experts have failed to detect the cause of the problem.
Suffolk Wildlife Trust say they are very concerned about the deaths, because of the importance of hares to the countryside in this region. The trust is now joining with the Norfolk Trust and the University of East Anglia to monitor the situation.
MOBILE LIBRARY SERVICE SET FOR CUTS
Cuts are to be made to Norfolk’s mobile library service.
The county council is planning to cut the budget for the service by 40 per cent from next year. Following a review of routes, it’s been agreed to remove over 90 stops around the county, which are said to be unused currently.
Each of the other 1,400 locations will be visited only once a month….with two fewer vehicles being used. The proposals are expected to save around £200,000.
BRESSINGHAM EVENT RAISES RECORD FIGURE
This year’s Bressingham Band Night has raised thousands of pounds for local youngsters.
The event at the Steam Museum brought in a total of £6,200 in funds for Norfolk-based Nature and Nurture, which offers therapeutic services for young people. This was over a thousand pounds more than raised last year.
Four bands appeared for free at the event in the main museum buildings, with help and support coming from local businesses.