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Tuesday 13 April 2021

Following the partial lifting of Covid-19 restrictions yesterday, a Norfolk virus expert has said that the reopening of shops is not a cause for concern.

  • For the first time this year, thousands of shoppers returned to the city centre yesterday as Professor Paul Hunter, from the University of East Anglia said that the chance of transmission outdoors is relatively low
  • Professor Hunter added there’s a higher risk inside shops – but providing they don't get too heaving & people still socially distance then it’s probably not that big a concern

Questions have been raised about Norfolk County Council being put at "unacceptable financial risk" through its pursuit to build the Western Link Road to connect the Broadland Northway to the A47

  • Councillor Emma Corlett cited a report by Wild Wings Ecology which says that the road will pass through a nationally important area for a 'super colony of barbastelle bats’ – she says that means that the council will be put at financial risk as it will be difficult to get the new road through the planning process
  • Councillor Martin Wilby disagreed, saying that there’s a lot of support for the Western Link Road, especially from local people to the west of Norwich – he added that the new road is a crucial piece of the infrastructure for Norfolk

A school hit by a year of flooding issues is to be supported by a £1.6m council project to remodel its classrooms

  • Falcon Junior school in Sprowston has undergone considerable repairs following extensive flooding which first began in February 2019
  • The school’s been empty for over a year with pupils being taught in temporary buildings on the school grounds 
  • Work is now under way & building will continue for a few months – Headteacher Edward Savage said he’s really excited about the prospect of having everyone back in the school building as soon as possible

Skateboarders in Norwich say they’ve become the target of abuse & unfair criticism, saying there’s a lack of space to skate in Norwich


  • Sam Avery, the owner of the Drug Store skate shop, which is submitting a planning application to open an indoor skateboarding space in the disused St. Peter Parmentergate church on King Street, says that in the last decade the skating community has grown tenfold
  • Norwich City Council says that they’re very proud of the skate facility at Eaton Park, & that with the pandemic, budgets are extremely tight, but their Covid recovery plan will look at any trends that have emerged.

What’s New Pussycat? Well Sir Tom Jones has confirmed that he’ll be heading to the Green Green Grass of Earlham Park this summer, after his concert was postponed last year due to the pandemic

  • If you want to Help Yourself to tickets then the outdoor concert will take place on Sunday 15th August – as long the government’s roadmap to lifting restrictions goes according to plan
  • Sir Tom said that he’s delighted that to be getting back on stage & performing for us this summer – but be careful if it’s a particularly sunny day which is Not Unusual in August – you’ll have to make sure you Keep Your Hat on!

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