LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 17/4/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 17 April, 2018
SOUTH NORFOLK AND BROADLAND SHARED SERVICES PROPOSALS DUE THIS SUMMER
South Norfolk councillors have agreed to continue looking at a plan for closer working with Broadland council.
The decision followed a preliminary review of a feasibility study into the proposal for some shared services.
Work will now continue on final proposals to go to both councils in the summer, including a possible timetable and financial analysis.
PLAN TO PROTECT BUS SUBSIDIES REJECTED
A move to protect subsidies for rural bus routes in Norfolk for the next few years has failed to go through.
The proposed extension of the subsidies until the end of 2020 was rejected as s county councillors felt it was too much of a commitment.
Councillors have also agreed to investigate the best way to set up live streaming of full county council meetings in the future.
VICTIMS OF STALKING URGED TO COME FORWARD
Victims of stalking across Suffolk are being urged to seek help as a national campaign aimed at highlighting the issue gets underway.
The purpose of National Stalking Awareness Week is to encourage those who believe they are being targeted to speak out.
The number of stalking incidents recorded in Suffolk during 2017 was 253, compared to 108 in 2016.
FARMER BANNED FROM KEEPING LIVESTOCK
A farmer at Metfield has been banned from keeping livestock.
And Suffolk’s trading standards has been working with the farmer, Robin Hayward and staff to improve the health and welfare of his cattle for sale.
45 year old Hayward of Withersdale Hall has admitted nine animal welfare offences.
He’s received a suspended prison sentence, 120 hours’ community service, a fine of £16,200 and costs of nearly £13,000.
LODGE HIT BY FIRE GETTING BACK TO BUSINESS
It looks like a hotel and restaurant badly hit by a fire earlier this year is starting to get back to business.
Breckland Lodge on the A11 near Attleborough is taking room bookings again for stays from November but there’s no news yet on when the restaurant will open again.
Work is continuing at the hotel to repair damage caused by the fire.
COUNTY COUNCIL MEETINGS WILL NOT BE STREAMING ONLINE — FOR NOW
Meetings of Norfolk county council will not be going out live on the internet, for now, anyway.
Councillors voted against a suggestion from Labour’s Dave Rowntree to improve public access, with web-streaming of meetings as they happen from May.
It’ll now be taken up by a working group as the council agreed streaming was a good idea but not in the form proposed.