LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 12/08/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 13 August, 2019
BUSY WEEKEND AS STORMS BRING DOWN TREES
Strong winds resulted in well over hundred calls to emergency services in Norfolk and Suffolk over the weekend.
Many of the calls were to clear fallen trees that were blocking roads around the two counties, as the winds exceeded 50 miles an hour. Norfolk county council highways department dealt with 85 incidents, while
Suffolk highways were called to 57 obstructions.
PLANS SUBMITTED FOR RETIREMENT HOMES PROJECT
Plans to build on the site of the former Apollo Club in Harleston town centre have now been sent in for approval.
National developers McCarthy and Stone are proposing to build a total of 46 retirement homes on the site on Mendham Lane. The application has been submitted to South Norfolk council after a public showing of the plans to people in the town recently.
RE-CYCLING ON TARGET IN SUFFOLK, BUT NORFOLK STILL TRAILS
The amount of waste being recycled in Norfolk is still below the national target figure, but re-cycling rates in Suffolk are much higher.
46 per cent of waste was recycled in Norfolk during 2017-18, compared to a much higher rate of 52 per cent in Suffolk. That puts Norfolk just above the current national average for recycling, but below the UK target figure of 50 per cent, set by the Government for 2020. Suffolk though is already above that.
Norfolk re-cycling has levelled off in recent years, with South Norfolk rising by just three percent to 43 per cent since 2010. The Mid Suffolk rate of recycling is one of the lowest in Suffolk….at 42 per cent.
ROUNDABOUT WORK WILL DISRUPT BUS SERVICES
Work on building a new roundabout on the A140 at the Hempnall crossroads is set to affect some bus services shortly.
The main road is due to be closed for the whole of the last weekend of this month and also for the following weekend in September. Some First bus services will only run as far as Newton Flotman from Norwich, but alternative services with other companies, using smaller vehicles on the diverted routes, will be available.
VANDALS STRIKE AT TOWN CENTRE TOILETS AFTER REVAMP
Police in Harleston are investigating after vandals damaged the town’s public toilets.
The self-cleaning toilets were only re-opened about three months ago, after being refurbished at a cost of £50,000. Town clerk Lynda Ling has described the damage at the toilet block in Bullock Fair Close as ‘unacceptable behaviour’.
THE BLUES IN SIXTH SPOT AFTER FIRST WEEK OF SEASON
Ipswich Town are in sixth place in League One, after picking up a point in their first home game of the campaign. They took an early lead through Luke Garbutt against last season’s play-off final losers, but were pegged back for a 1-all draw by an improved Sunderland side in the second half.
Meanwhile, Norwich City players have thanked the 3,000 Canaries fans who travelled north for their opening Premiership game of the season against Liverpool. There’s been praise for City’s attacking display, especially in the first half, but they face having to tighten up defensively after suffering a heavy 4-1 loss.