Need for Norwich Western Link reaffirmed by local residents and key supporters

Norfolk needs the Norwich Western Link to tackle congestion, boost the economy and improve road safety – that’s the message from key supporters of the project as a petition in support of the new link road between the A47 and Broadland Northway reached more than 3,200 signatures at the time of posting. See: https://www.change.org/p/norfolk-county-council-build-the-norwich-western-link The local MP, business and community leaders and emergency services representatives have today restated their support…

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Flooding – Letter from Australia by Chris O’Connor

It wasn’t so long ago that I was writing about the heat and dry weather we have been having. Well, it pays to keep your mouth closed at times. Rescue crews have been kept busy by outback floodwaters and record-breaking rains, which have continued to cause havoc in South Australia’s north and west, washing away roads as well as cars. The weather bureau said some locations had set “all-time records” in terms of rainfall, while…

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Norfolk County Council proposes £18m in above inflation rise in payments to care sector

The highest uplift in County Council fees paid to the care sector in five years is set to get the go ahead at Norfolk’s Cabinet meeting next week. The uplift would see prices paid by the County Council for social care increase by 6%, in an above inflation rise. Cllr Bill Borrett, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “I am very glad that the Council is continuing its policy…

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Norfolk County Council Cabinet to consider latest budget proposals

Plans for a balanced budget and a 2.99 per cent Council Tax rise will be considered by Norfolk County Council’s cabinet on January 31st. A report to cabinet also proposes a review of how the council operates, to tackle a predicted £60 million gap the following year. Two possible Council Tax rises have been tabled – 2.99 per cent or the maximum permissible 3.99 per cent – but councillors have…

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Watton Rotary Club – Paul Harris Fellowship Awards

David Branson

In this club we use this special award in recognition of particular and exemplary service to the club or the community. We have great pleasure in awarding a Paul Harris fellowship to: DAVID BRANSONDavid (pictured above right with President Paul Weatherill) is a past President of this club. He has worked over a number of years, with the young people at the Wayland Academy, currently with a particular interest in…

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Watton Rotary Club Christmas Meals on Wheels

Approx 40 Christmas Meals were again delivered to needy Watton area residents on 23 December, prepared by Jacob Weatherill and his staff at Florintina Catering, Watton. The meals consisted of roast turkey, roast potatoes, assorted vegetables, stuffing and gravy, all delivered in a thermal container so the food just needed reheating, and followed by a mince pie and cream, also included as previously kindly donated by Watton Bakery. The project…

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Scam Alert – Fake ‘in contact with COVID’ text messages

Norfolk County Council are warning about text messages circulating claiming to be from the NHS stating you have been ‘in contact with COVID’. The text message then provides a link to ‘get a test’. These messages are fake. Anyone following the links supplied in the messages will be taken to a fake NHS website which will attempt to gather personal and financial details. Remember the NHS will: Never ask for payment –…

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New partnership set to housing for Breckland rough sleepers

Five new properties, which will offer dedicated support to rough sleepers, are to be built in Breckland thanks to a new partnership between Breckland Council and Broadland Housing. The new homes, which will be opened later this year in Thetford, will see former rough sleepers from across the district provided with support to help their transition into longer-term accommodation, as well as offering help to access education, employment opportunities and…

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