An early morning run down the A140 to Diss found me with Oliver Chapman of T.W.Gaze talking about the towns prospects. South Norfolk District Council is looking at the state of its market towns and Oliver is quite upbeat about Diss except for the traffic problem. It's always a difficult mix of traffic and old narrow streets with listed buidings. The two don't go well together. The interview had to be prerecorded and was broadcast an hour later. Meanwhile, I was making my way to the Hewitt school catching students arriving late because of the changed First bus schedule. Left to right are Remi, Nikita, Ayla & Kelly with Associate Head Mr. Anthony.
Tuesday at the bus stop with Teresa Brooker at Costessey. More disruption and complaints about last weekends changes to the First bus service. The on to City College Hotel and Catering school where a summer revamp costing nearly half a million pounds means they not only have the most modern equipment in Norfolk in their kitchen but they've also installed a separate dining room for 12 INSIDE the kitchen. It'll cost you £100 for the room but the meals will be at the standard restaurant rates. You'll get your own waiting staff and be able to see it all happening! Pictured are Steve Thorpe head of the Hotel School and students Nathan & Katie. I'm sure you can work out which is which!
Wednesday morning on the Dussindale estate at Thorpe St.Andrew where Broadland councillors will today discuss a major development on the field that Claire Newstead now looks out upon from her home. She intends to speak at the meeting laying out her reasons why it shouldn't go ahead. We'll let you know the result. Then off to meet Les Morrell at Cringleford. He's one of the thousands who lost money with Key Data investments. Although he's been able to recover £48,000 of his retirement fund, there's still a shortfall but he's being positive by looking forward rather than back on an uncertain time.
Not a soul in sight as I strolled around Sheringham this morning but today every resident gets a chance to vote in their referendum about supermarkets. At the home of the Town Mayor, Dougles Smith he explained that it would at least let everyone know just what the feelings are of the issue. One supermarkt, two or none? Voting is from 4-9pm this afternoon and evening. The result should be known by midnight and we should be able to tell you on tomorrows Breakfast Show.
Budgens to the left, Sainsbury Local to the right with Eroica Milmay against the building of a Tesco and Jono Read very much for it - yes, we're talking the results of the poll at Sheringham yesterday. Out of 6000 eligible to vote only 2667 bothered of which 1165 supported the Waitrose plan out of town and 1180 for Tesco. Meanwhile in the middle of town the long established Budgens outlet continues to trade alongside Sainsbuty Local which opened up when the old Woolworths went bust. Down the way at Letheringsett I met up with Steve Lane from the Environment Agency. From today there's a six month ban on catching eels who're heading downriver to spawn. This may help to arrest their decline, numbers have fallen by a staggering 80% in the last few years. Contact the EA if you see anything suspicious like nets or traps in the water.