LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 21/2/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 21 February, 2018
LONG STRATTON BYPASS PLANS SUBMITTED
A long-awaited by-pass for Long Stratton may finally get the go-ahead soon.
A major scheme has been sent in for approval to South Norfolk Council which includes a new road off the A140 around the village.
The developers, Norfolk Homes and Norfolk Land, intend to build about 1,800 new homes with land also for a primary school, businesses and public open space.
Council leader John Fuller says that the plans would turn Long Stratton from a large village into a small town with hundreds of jobs also being created.
It’s expected that the by-pass will greatly ease congestion on the main road….taking up to 13,000 vehicles a day away from the village centre.
MURDER TRIAL CONTINUES
A woman has broken down and cried in court as she described the murder scene of an elderly grandfather from Banham.
The woman and her husband were the first to find the body of 83 year old Peter Wrighton….who was stabbed to death near woodland at East Harling last summer.
A policeman who was one of the first to arrive on the scene has also given evidence in the trial at Nottingham crown court.
23 year old Alexander Palmera former soldier from Norwich….has denied the murder charge.
SERVICE CALLS FOR MORE AMBULANCES
Ambulance service leaders in the East of England say they need more ambulances to cope with demand in the region.
They’ve called for another 160 ambulances in the next two years on top of 70 vehicles bought in the last four years.
However, they say that more NHS money recently pumped into the service has helped to improve resource and that handover times at hospitals are now improving.
SOUTH NORFOLK COUNCIL TAX RISE
South Norfolk has confirmed an average increase in council tax for next year of £5, a rise of 3.66 per cent.
CHARGING POINTS TO BE INSTALLED
Plans have been approved to spend £50,000 on installing electric charging points around South Norfolk.
The project is seen as helping to keep the local market towns up to date and is aimed at both local people and visitors to the area.
MOBILE COVERAGE SURVEY AND NEW MASTS
A survey of mobile telephone coverage around Norfolk is expected to be completed by the end of March.
A check is being made of all of the county’s A and B roads and also tourist destinations for signal black-spots.
The results will be published on the county council’s website.
Norfolk County council is planning to put a mast on all of its 200 buildings to improve the coverage.
Football….and another big game for Norwich City tonight. They travel to the Midlands to play runaway Championship leaders, Wolves.
Skipper Ivo Pinto should return to the team.
Ipswich Town may make a few changes to their line-up for the home game against Cardiff City. Striker Freddie Sears could be back.