LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 8/6/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 17 June, 2018
SOUTH NORFOLK IS A ‘RISK’ AREA
South Norfolk is one of a dozen ‘top-risk’ areas in the country, facing problems caused by an ageing population.
It’s feared that the area may not be ready to cope with an increasingly elderly population…adding to an already underfunded and stretched care sector.
Nearly 24 per cent of the population in South Norfolk is aged over 65…….that’s around 31,800 people…….compared to a national average of almost 18 per cent.
Local authorities and the NHS are now being urged to work together in a better way to help reduce a higher risk of death from avoidable and preventable causes.
POLICE IN NORFOLK OVERSPEND ON OVERTIME
Norfolk Police spent almost a million pounds more than budgeted last year on overtime…..nearly double the overspend in the previous year.
The number of officers in the county is one of the lowest in the country…with 1,515 last year……compared to 1,580 in 2014.
This has meant that text messages have had to be sent out on occasion to bring in off-duty staff to cover for shortages.
However, Chief Constable Simon Bailey says that the number of officers will soon improve, following a review of resources.
EYE HEADMASTER HITS OUT AT SCHOOL BUS CUTS
A head teacher in Eye has hit out at plans to cut free school transport in the county to save costs.
The head of Hartismere school, James McAtear fears that his school could lose up to 200 pupils, because of the planned cuts by Suffolk county council.
He says the cuts would take away the best choice of school from parents for their children.
NO GO FOR COMMUNITY CENTRE
Plans for a new community centre in Framlingham have been dropped…..again.
The town council has decided against going ahead with two alternative schemes put up for consideration.
The plans were regarded as too costly…and faced strong opposition from people living nearby.
An attempt to build a community centre in the town has been continuing for about 20 years.
CARNIVAL COMES TO DISS THIS WEEKEND
It’s Carnival weekend in Diss……and this year’s event coming up is set to be better and bigger than ever.
The event on Sunday starts off at lunchtime with a procession from Diss High School through the town centre to the park.
Floats and shop displays will help to get the carnival fun underway ..with over 50 different stalls, games for children and a dog show.
TRAIN SERVICES BACK ON TRACK
Train services between Ipswich and Diss are back to normal after being badly disrupted yesterday.
The London to Norwich line was blocked for a time around lunchtime, after a person was struck by a train at Needham Market station….and died at the scene.
Services were severely delayed or cancelled until early evening.