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Norwich Today

16th June 2021

The controversial £198m Western Link Road is to come under the spotlight again after councillors 'called in' Norfolk County Council’s decision to build the road.

  • The cabinet & full council both agreed to submit the outline business case for the road & to award a contract to build it 10 days ago, but councillor Emma Corlett, backed by a number of opposition councillors made a request that the cabinet's decision be scrutinised further.
  • That’ll happen at the council's scrutiny committee on Wednesday 23rd June – the scrutiny committee doesn’t have the power to overturn the decision made by the cabinet, but councillors are able to ask them to review certain aspects of it.

A public exhibition to display the masterplan for the former site of the Colman's & Britvic factories will go on show next month.

  • It’s all part of the plan for the redevelopment of the East Norwich area which includes the May Gurney site at Trowse, the Utilities site between Thorpe Hamlet & Whitlingham, & Carrow House.
  • A public-private East Norwich Partnership has been formed to lead the regeneration of the area, which could see around 4,000 new homes being built there - the former Colman's and Britvic site has already been bought by London-based Fuel Properties, which intends to invest £40m into redeveloping it.

A Norwich school has been forced to close for safety checks after a ceiling tile fell into a classroom full of children yesterday – luckily no one was hurt.

  • Angel Road Primary School, in the north of the city, has decided to close its doors "as a precautionary measure" whilst contractors carry out survey work.
  • In a letter sent home with pupils, the school said it’s aware this sounds dramatic but they want to reassure parents & carers that they’re prioritising the safety of children & staff & that they were very "proud" of the pupils' behaviour during the incident.

The Peregrine Falcon chicks have just started to fly at Norwich Cathedral.

  • Wildlife photographer Chris Skipper said that all 3 chicks have been doing really well – the weather has been good & they're all flying around the cathedral. 
  • The next step in the chicks’ development is to learn from the adults how to catch & prepare prey & Mr. Skipper said that the next few weeks will be the best time to go & have a look if you want to see the birds of prey in action.

A cleaner got quite a shock when they found a corn snake loose in a house at St Anne's Quarter on Wednesday morning!

  • The cleaner immediately called police & they and Kevin Murphy from Norfolk Wildlife Rescue went straight over to deal with the incident
  • Mr. Murphy said that the corn snake was not a “big threat” to people before covering the snake in a soft pillow case & transferring it into a container
  • Norwich police said the snake was safe & well and would be staying with a reptile handler for safe keeping.

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