LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 28/6/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 29 June, 2018
SUN BRINGS OUT THE SHOW CROWDS
Organisers of the Royal Norfolk Show say more than 40,000 people attended the first day of this year’s event.
They’re hoping for another big attendance, with the fine weather set to continue for the second day.
It’s a boost for the show after bad weather affected crowds and income in the two previous year.
A decision to continue with activities in the grand ring much later than usual also proved a success….with many staying on into the late evening.
Meanwhile, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association is to find out more about the show’s effect on the county’s economy.
It’s joined forces with the school of economics at the UEA to look at working out the benefit in actual figures, which will be revealed in a few months.
COUNCIL HITS OUT AT VANDALS
Diss council leader Julian Mason has hit out at damage that’s been caused to the Boardwalk in the town’s Heritage Triangle.
He says a high level of mindless vandalism has happened there recently, including trying to set fire to underneath the structure and cutting or breaking off pieces.
Mr Mason has told Park Radio that the vandalism is disappointing and has resulted in the police being brought in. He says the boardwalk will have to remain closed at times when there is no supervision, hopefully for only in the short-term.
PETROL FOR HARLESTON AGAIN
Harleston’s only petrol station has finally opened again.
The Esso station in London Road closed down in early March for three months of re-building and major refurbishment. The closure has meant that local drivers faced a trip of around ten miles just to fill up.
UNIONS WANT REVIEW INTO HOSPITAL MERGER
Health unions are calling for an independent review of the proposed merger of Ipswich hospital with Colchester hospital.
The unions, representing staff, say that the proposal should be re-thought.
The merger is due to start next month, but they say that the problems facing the two hospitals will not be solved by the merger and will cause problems for patients.
WEBSTER FEE WILL PAY FOR NEW PLAYERS
Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans has confirmed that the money received for defender Adam Webster will be re-invested into the playing squad.
Webster has now signed for Bristol City for a reported fee of £3.5 million, rising to £8 million. He joined Town in 2016 for £750,000.