LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 6/2/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 6 February, 2018
COUNCIL TAX INCREASE EXPECTED
Another increase in council tax looks to be on the way for people in South Norfolk.
The district council has proposed putting up its share of council tax by just over 3.5 per cent….which will add an average £5 to bills.
The increase has followed several years of the council managing to freeze its budget.
A final decision on the amount will be made at a full council meeting on February 19th.
If approved….it will follow large increases in council tax already confirmed for Norfolk county council and Diss town council.
CHURCH RESTORATION IN STUSTON
Villagers in Stuston hope to make a start on work to restore their medieval church in the autumn.
They’ve now received an initial grant of £21,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to pay for a survey detailing the full repairs needed.
It’s planned to make the building a village community centre, as well as continuing as a place of worship.
Total cost of the project is estimated at over £180 thousand.
VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE AND VIOLENCE URGED TO SPEAK OUT
Victims of sexual abuse and violence are being encouraged to speak out, as Norfolk Police supports a national campaign to raise awareness.
Sexual Abuse and Violence Awareness Week is taking place across the UK this week, with the aim of raising awareness in the county of how to prevent it.
A referral centre, called the ‘Harbour Centre’, offers round-the-clock support to victims.
It’s backed by Police and the NHS and has helped over 3,000 people over the last seven years.
FIRE AT NORFOLK HOTEL AND PUB
A Norfolk hotel and pub has been badly damaged by fire.
Over 50 fire fighters from around the county fought the blaze at the Breckland Lodge on the A11, near Attleborough.
The fire is said to have started in the restaurant and bar area and spread to the roof. No one was hurt.
AREA SPEED CAMERAS CATCHING OTHER OFFENCES
Speed cameras have been used in Norfolk and Suffolk to catch motorists committing other driving offences.
Police have taken footage from the mobile cameras to prosecute drivers ..if there is clear evidence.
It’s reported that ten people in Norfolk were caught using a mobile phone while driving last year…and 37 the year before.
The cameras caught four drivers over the last two years… without a belt.
In Suffolk, no motorist has been taken to court yet.
MOTORIST ARRESTED ON DRUG OFFENCES
Meanwhile, a motorist in Diss has been stopped and arrested by police after testing positive for drugs.
The incident happened early this morning….. when police were alerted by the manner of the motorist’s driving.
OBESE STUDENTS ENTERING SECONDARY SCHOOL LOWER THAN NATIONAL AVERAGE
The number of obese children about to start secondary school in South Norfolk is lower than the national average.
The local figure of severely obese children at that age is also well below the national figure…lower than the rest of Norfolk, except North Norfolk.
The figures from Public Health England are said to show worrying trends though…and are worse in areas of deprivation.
ICE AND SNOW EXPECTED OVERNIGHT
Gritting lorries will be out and about tonight…with a yellow warning from the Met Office for ice and snow this evening and overnight.
A third of Norfolk’s roads will be gritted this evening…and also in the early morning, if needed.
Snow and sleet showers are also expected.