Brexit can wait: Debate over impact of Leaving EU on Norfolk postponed until new year

Discussions around how Norfolk could be impacted by Brexit has been put on hold, due to the ever-changing situation in Westminster.

Norfolk County Council’s policy and resources committee had been due to debate a report on how the effects of Britain leaving the European Union will be felt on these shores.

However, with the waters still murky on a national level, council leader Andrew Proctor opted to delay the report until the committee’s next meeting. The report will instead be heard at the committee’s next meeting on Monday, January 28.



Firefighters called to reports of man stuck in toilets in Norfolk

One appliance from Martham attended reports of someone being stuck in public toilets in Martham just before 3.40pm yesterday, but the call turned out to be a false alarm.

It is one of a number of false alarms attended by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service on Monday afternoon.

Others include an incident at Colney at 5.10pm where crews from Earlham, Sprowston, Hethersett and Dereham attended a report of a smell of burning which was found to be a false alarm.

Meanwhile at 3.10pm appliances from Kings Lynn North and Kings Lynn South were called to Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen following reports of smell of smoke in a domestic property on Foldgate Lane.

Earlier one appliance from Yarmouth attended an alarm sounding in Rambouillet Close, Gorleston which, again, was a false alarm.


Funding squeeze on region’s library services revealed

The squeeze on library services across the region as councils face financial pressures has been revealed by analysis of government figures. Although councils are legally required to provide a “comprehensive and efficient” library service, there is no specific funding provision for libraries from central government.

That means the decision about how much funding to provide to libraries rests solely with the local authority.

Norfolk libraries experienced four years of spending cuts, according to financial data from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.



Army divers face off with sharks during tank clean-up

A 300kg sea turtle, blacktip reef shark and guitarfish were just three types of sea creatures joined by army divers as they spruced up the tank of a Norfolk sea life centre.

Ten soldiers from the 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment at Woodbridge, near Suffolk, squeezed into their wetsuits to clean the ocean tank at Great Yarmouth’s Sea Life Centre yesterday. Divers used the Sea Life assignment to help with their underwater training. The army needs qualified scuba divers in its ranks for tasks such as removing underwater obstructions that may be impeding boats.


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