Archive for February, 2017

O2 Network Update: NR12 Sorry a phone mast close to you isn’t working Sorry, there’s a mast near you that isn’t working due to a power issue. We’re working with the regional energy supplier to get this fixed as quickly as possible. Your service may be intermittent for calls, using the internet, or sending/receiving messages in this area until the work is completed.

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Remember: if you come across fallen trees or branches on the roads, call Norfolk County Council’s Highways Department on 0344 800 8020 #stormdoris

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Norwich Northern Distributor Road update A140 Cromer Road, Holt Road and Horsford The NDR/A140 junction is the most complex on the route. It is the only ‘grade separated’ junction, with the A140 going over the dual carriageway NDR. Construction of the bridge is going well and we expect the bridge beams to go on around 8-9 March. You can already get an impression of its final height, reduced by the NDR running in a cutting. Much of this bridge work has had little effect on traffic, but as we move into Spring, so we have to start work on the junction slip roads, which will be much more disruptive – particularly for B1149 Holt Road users and Horsford residents. Hall Lane, Drayton A precursor of this disruptive phase starts next week – traffic calming work – and closures – on Hall Lane, Drayton. – Hall Lane will be closed between Reepham Road and Drayton Lane for up to four weeks, 27 Feb to 24 March. – From 20 to 24 March the closure will be extended to east of Carter Road, when Drayton Lane between Reepham Road and Hall Lane will also be closed. Salhouse Road three-day closure A three-day closure of Salhouse Road begins on Monday (27th). We are digging 3-metre-deep drainage trenches across the road and it’s too narrow to keep open. It will be closed between the Blue Boar Lane/Woodside Road junction, Sprowston, and the Sole & Heel roundabout at Rackheath. Traffic will be diverted via Woodside Road, Plumstead Road and Broad Lane/Green Lane East. Properties and businesses on Salhouse Road will still be accessible as normal from the city direction. Rackheath railway bridge – beam deliveries 6-8 March The beams for the bridge that will take the NDR over the Norwich to Sheringham Railway are being delivered by road from Middlesborough as five abnormal loads – two on Monday 6th March, two the following day, and one on Wednesday 8th March. The route will be along the A1, the A47 and the B1140 through Panxworth, reaching the bridge site from Plumstead Road, which will be closed briefly (no more than 15 mins) for each arrival (between noon and 4pm). The beams – five braced pairs – will arrive in halves and after assembly on site will be lifted into place on Sunday 9 April and Sunday 16 April, when the railway will be closed, with Bittern Line trains replaced by buses. As with other beam lifts, even moderate wind can prevent them happening, so we have two chances to get them on.

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Big day today as #NorfolkBudget17 is set at Norfolk County Council. Conservatives are setting the County on a firm financial footing for future years. Watch this space for live broadcasts when I can!

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Ahead of all 84 County Councillors meeting to set Norfolk County Council’s budget on Monday, I thought I’d share a few facts to put the budget and the work of Norfolk County Council in context. • Norfolk currently has 885,000 residents • Norfolk County Council currently employs 5,041 staff full-time • The county council has made £286million in budget savings in the last six years • The government grant has been cut by £161million since 2011 • More than 7,000 pot holes were repaired in 2016 • The council is responsible for 6,000 miles of roads • NCC looks after 800 bridges across Norfolk • £3million is spent subsidising bus services, mainly rural, across the county • Norfolk Trails: 1,200 miles of cycle and bridle routes • Customer service teams received 296,237 phone calls last year. 96% were happy with the service they received • More than 3,895206 people used libraries last year – 75,000 a week • Over 40,000 tonnes of waste has been recycled, composted or re-used via our 20 recycling centres • The fire and Rescue service attended 7,100 incidents last year. • 20,205 people received care packages last year for adult social care • 67,926 people were supported to remain independent through our Early Help services • 87% of Norfolk schools are now rated Good or Outstanding

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As I said earlier in the week I had a meeting with konectbus service manager regarding the changes to the Service 53 that serves Salhouse and Rackheath. As a County Councillor, I don’t have any power to direct bus companies as they are private operators but thought that I would meet with them to understand their decision and express residents concerns. The changes in timetable has come about because of increased competition at Wroxham and the introduction of faster direct buses by 2 other bus operators into Norwich the 53 service has seen a decrease in the the number of people using the 53 both to and from Wroxham. Consequently the financial position of the 53 has meant Konectbus have had to take some of the buses off, especially during the off peak period to make the operation as cost efficient as possible. I was reassured by the service manager that as development of new housing takes place in the area they will review the situation as and when required. We’ve agreed to maintain a dialogue between us, so that I can feedback any comments and concerns from residents and I will be kept abreast of any tinkering changes made to the service as there was a recognition that there were gaps that have now been identified

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Beautiful #ValentinesDay flowers from Flowers at The Forge in #Horstead, not too sure about the intruder on the date though! #TeddyTheDog

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Am meeting konectbus operations manager later this afternoon to discuss changes to their Service 53 which serves Wroxham, Salhouse, and Rackheath at County Hall as I’ve received various communications from residents concerned about the changes. Please feel free to share this if you or anyone you know [have any questions that I can pose in my meeting later today.

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Anyone looking for a job that fits round the kids being in school ? Edwards & Blake are looking for a General Assistant to work in Broadland High School kitchen. Hours: 20 hours per week – 10.20am-2.20pm (Mon-Fri) Hourly rate: £7.50 – paid on a salary Please send a CV with a covering letter to broadlandhigh@edwardsandblake.co.uk or cazcazcaz14@hotmail.com Please share with anyone who maybe interested

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Latest crime report from Norfolk Constabulary for Wroxham, Rackheath, Salhouse and Belaugh. Low figures but worth keeping an eye on so that we can keep our part of Norfolk the safest in the county.

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