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Monday, September 5, 2011

Radio Car Travelogue 5 - 9 September 2011









Lucy Usher has been told by the County Council that the walk to school for her children from East Ruston to Stalham is safe along the Weavers Way. She wants to keep the free bus which will still run for certain pupils but says it's unfair to those who have to pay and there are important safety isses including this crossing at Stepping Stone Lane which has a blind bend and a 60mph speed limit.


Much discussion the Breakfast Show about vets charges so I asked Louise Rayment-Dyble at All Creatures Health Care at Horsford. They sign an agreement with insurers that they won't alter their rates for a claim. The rising cost is down to improvements and increases in equipment and medicines. The X-Ray machine she's standing next to cost £50,000.


The villagers of Caston near Watton are up in arms after plans to take on land in front of their homes to use as an open space were thwarted after Breckland district council pulled out of the deal saying that they would use part of it to build two semi-detached houses. A story we'll be following. At Rocklands Primary School we were talking about safe to school issues with lead teacher Chris Reale. Part of our campaign this week.


Maffett Cruisers in Loddon is where I caught up with John Cressey, daughter-in-law Jane Deveruux-Turner and wife Linda. They were doing some work on a boat at Acle Bridge when a holidaymaker came in to moor, left the boat in reverse and pulled his wife into the river as she held on to the rope. The boat then collided with another and John quickly came to their rescue jumping into a rowing boat and saving the woman who was taken care of by Linda and Jane. Today John will rceive a bravery award at Acle in recognition of this and the 17 other people that he's pulled out of the Broads over the past 32 years! Then across to Mileham near Dereham where the community shop desperately needs to replace a broken chiller cabinet. Here Paul Kingsley showed me the fridge freezer they're having to use in the meantime. Before the end of the breakfast show we'd had an offer to replace it!


It was a gathering of Webb's on Friday as I spoke to Ian Webb, the County Councils School Crossing Patrol Manager and Maureen Webb at the gates to Wroughton Infants School in Gorleston. All part of our Safe To School campaign as the new term begins.

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