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 25th September 2020

Community skips and fly-tipping amnesties are among the measures that could be brought in to tackle soaring rates of waste dumped in Norwich

  • A report found that fly-tipping around the UK soared by 300% during lockdown, while more than 1,700 mattresses were dumped in Norwich, which Green Party councillors on Norwich City Council said was “more than anywhere else in the UK”
  • The new measures were put forward by the Green Party who said that getting large items to the Mile Cross recycling centre is only possible with vehicle ownership – but the Liberal Democrats said that the current £30 charge to pick up 3 items was reasonable

Works to repair a number of defects to the timber decking on Carrow Bridge have been postponed due to the weather

  • A £20,000 repair scheme had been scheduled to take place this weekend, with the bridge originally planned to be closed to traffic overnight on Friday and Saturday
  • As a result of the delay, the works will now take place next weekend, with overnight closures on Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd October, to allow the road to be resurfaced

An open air market offering street food, beer and cocktails in aid of good causes has been forced to postpone its final weekend - due to an “admin error” with its events licence

  • Junkyard Market, which has been outside St Mary’s Works since the middle of August was due to welcome its final customers over the weekend, ending a successful 7 week run which saw thousands of pounds, being raised for Norwich charities
  • But all’s not lost as the organisers say that it’ll be back next weekend, which is probably a good thing with the weather forecast being what it is

Norwich railway station has been crowned the large station of the year at this year’s National Rail Awards

  • Judges noted that the station had been “delightfully restored” following a number of improvement works between 2017 and 2019
  • Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia’s managing director, said, it’s a great recognition for the station - the fabric of a building is one thing, but it’s the people who make the big difference

A music shop in Norwich, which is one of the oldest in the UK is marking the retirement of its ‘Piano Man’ in a very special way

  • Cookes, which was founded in 1887, is commemorating 5 decades of dedicated service from manager Steve Battle by donating 5, £1,000 pianos to local organisations and individuals – that one for every decade Mr. Battle has worked at the business
  • Mr Battle went from joining as a shop assistant when he was just 17, to actually buying the business in 1989 – what great way to mark his retirement

 

 

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