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Monday, July 11, 2011

Radio Car Travelogue 11 - 15 July 2011









In September a new develoment of 12 affordable eco homes will be let in Rackheath. Pictured is Peter Goodrick from Wherry Housing who showed us round. Solar panels, air recovery systems and even bath water tanks that flush the toilet will all help to keep down the bills. Rents will be about £80-100 a month. Meanwhile, disruption began on the A47 between the A140 and A11 junctions as high voltage power cables are replaced. They're 50 years old now and the work will take several weeks so if you use this stretch regularly you'll have experienced the contra-flow that means delay of around 20-25 minutes.


With Southern Cross going to the wall I went to see an independant care home owner, Tim Leadbeater who runs Sun Court in Sheringham. With almost two staff for every resident it's not cheap to provide a high level of care but in the face of harder economic times Tim syays that he and his wife just have to put in that extra effort to keep going. Private homes are managed differently to the large group businesses.


Ahead of ourselves today. On tomorrows breakfast show you can hear about the ongoing repairs on Finklegate connecting Ber Street with Queens Road where the house partly collapsed on Christmas eve. Still not done because of the insurers and neighbours who want to sell can't put theirs on the market with the road in that state. Also today (Wednesday) the wheelchair roundabout was delivered to the Toy Library refurbishment at the top of Grapes Hill/Chapelfield. A crane has to lift it into place within the courtyard of the building.


It seems that every year around this time, Unthank Road is closed for road works. 2011 no exception. Resurfacing is taking place with local shopkeepers seeing a drop of between 30-50% of their trade. It's due to reopen this weekend with the last of the works completed next Monday. Centre - Sam who runs 103 Deli Eatery and right, Robin Knell of Spurgeons butchers next door.


Aegel House in Aylsham is having a fund raising day Saturday to pay for day trips for the 27 residents. As it was, it turned out to be a very wet day but despite numbers being down the event stumped up £1086 thanks to local support. Pictured is the Manager, Elaine Stamp. Next to her, the Head Teacher at North Walsham Infant School and Nursery where they're usung chocolate buttons to play bingo. The parents also get involved and it's all to improve their maths skills. As you can see it's met with some enthusiasm.

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