LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 2/7/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 2 July, 2018
HEATWAVE TO CONTINUE
It looks like the current heatwave is set to continue in Norfolk and Suffolk for at least another two weeks.
Tomorrow and Tuesday are set to be slightly cooler, but then the temperatures will go up again, with highs expected in the mid and top 20s for days ahead. Forecasters also say that there is no sign at the moment of any rain on the way for the area.
Suffolk fire service has issued a warning for people to take care with bonfires and barbecues with a fear of wildfires breaking out.
Water companies are asking people to use supplies carefully in the heatwave, but although demand for water is high, there is no chance of a hosepipe ban currently. It looks like last month will turn out to be the driest June on record…with forecasters saying that East Anglia had received only ten per cent of its normal rainfall.
HOSPITAL MERGER GOES THROUGH
The merger of Ipswich hospital with Colchester hospital has taken place.
Management at the hospitals say that the move will ensure that services can be maintained at the present level, but, in a late move last week, health unions representing staff claimed that the merger had not been well thought out.
TRUMP VISIT TO BRING EXTRA STRAIN ON NORFOLK POLICE
Norfolk police are expecting to provide extra cover and support for the visit of US President Donald Trump later this month.
Norfolk police federation chairman Andy Symonds is concerned that local officers will be called to London while others will be brought in to cover in Norfolk on their rest days.
He says the move will put extra strain on a police service that is stretched with holiday leave already embargoed over the summer.
SHOW BRINGS IN THOUSANDS MORE
Organisers of the Royal Norfolk Show say that the two days of this year’s event attracted well above the average number of visitors.
They estimate the fine weather boosted attendance to around 85,000…which is 10,000 more than attended last year’s rain-hit show.
The sunshine also brought the crowds out to this year’s South Norfolk On Show. It’s the ninth year that the show has taken place at the South Norfolk council offices in Long Stratton.
EXPANSION PLANS FOR LEISURE CENTRE
Expansion plans have been put forward by a sports and leisure club in Diss which would bring a new sport to the town.
Heywood Sports and Leisure wants to build two new courts for paddle tennis, which is a niche sport in this country, but very popular in parts of Europe like Spain.
It’a also intended to upgrade the club surroundings with new fencing, floodlighting and a refurbishment of an existing football pitch.
The project follows a decision by owners, Tom and Amy Bobbins to buy the land around the club.
They hope that work, costing £200,000, can start in the autumn.
LOCAL CHARITY WINS NATIONAL AWARD
A small Diss conservation charity has won a national award.
The Little Ouse Headwaters Project has beaten off competition from much larger organisations to claim the NGO Impact award.
The volunteer-run group works to restore and maintain wildlife along the Little Ouse on the Norfolk-Suffolk border.
NEW VILLAGE SIGN UNVEILED
A new village sign has been unveiled at Fritton.
The previous sign in the village near Long Stratton went into disrepair after 40 years in place.
A former resident of the village decided to help with a replacement…and the Fritton and Morningthorpe parish council picked up the cost of materials.
CITY SIGN ON WOLVES WINGER
Football…and Norwich City have signed Wolves winger Ben Marshall on a four-year deal for an undisclosed sum. He spent four months on loan at Millwall last season.
City have also agreed to sign Finnish international striker Teemu Pekki from Danish club, Brondby on a free.