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No fines issued in Poole begging crackdown

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:53
The Borough of Poole says it plans to review the Public Space Protection Orders in October.
Categories: Dorset

Your Norfolk Extra - July 2018

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:52

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July 2018

Explore Norfolk This Summer

It’s back and we’re giving away over £2,000 worth of prizes across our social media!

Explore Norfolk This Summer is offering our followers the chance to win lots of great prizes, as well as giving some great tips on things to do in the local area all summer long.

Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter for lots of chances to win!.

Prizes include: Chapelfield gift cards, Banham Zoo family pass, five wristbands for Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, a family ticket to Go Ape! In Thetford Forest, and many more!

Norfolk Day with Norfolk County Council

Norfolk County Council partners and services are putting on a range of events and initiatives to celebrate the inaugural Norfolk Day on Friday, July 27.

Our cultural services teams will be in the thick of the action, with Libraries and Museums laying on county-wide offers, as well as holding special events at individual locations across the county.

Trading Standards and Norfolk Community Learning Services are among the other services supporting the day.

Visit our Norfolk Day page to find out what else we're doing to celebrate the day. #NorfolkDay

Beano-themed ‘Mischief Makers’ Summer Reading Challenge launches in Norfolk

Young readers are all geared up for a great summer with the launch of the free Summer Reading Challenge 2018 at libraries across Norfolk on Saturday 14 July.

This year’s Challenge is called Mischief Makers and is inspired by children’s favourite, The Beano, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary. Children aged 5-11 will explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure. Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help children solve clues and collect stickers as they read, having lots of fun and adventures along the way!

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, said: “Children’s reading often dips over the long holiday, so we’re pleased to be part of this national scheme to help keep children reading and enjoying books through the summer. Over 13,000 children from across Norfolk took part in last year’s Summer Reading Challenge and we’re hoping even more will join in this year.”

Pilot travel scheme for children with special educational needs

We’re increasing the travel options available to children and young people with special education needs or disabilities (SEND) by introducing a new pilot payment scheme.

Known as Personalised Travel Payments (PTP), the scheme means that families can apply to the council for funding and then make their own arrangements for getting their child to school.

It’s aimed at increasing flexibility for children and young people, so that they do not have a rigid time for taxi or mini bus pick up. It also means families can spend more time together on the school run.

It’s an alternative to traditional school or college transport and is entirely optional. Any children or young person who is eligible for specialist transport can apply. More information is available via the Local Offer webpage.

Child Safety Seat Check Tour


Norfolk County Council’s annual child safety check tour kicks off this month on Monday 30th July - come along and have your child car seat checked for free by the road safety team. The team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your child’s car seat. The tour starts in Norwich and tours around the county for four weeks.

A survey for ages 55 and older to support research into physical activity levels at retirement

Are you aged 55 or over?

Are you starting to think about retirement, or have you already retired/reduced the hours you work?

Active Norfolk is working with the University of East Anglia to run a study on physical activity at and around retirement age.

Your views will be used to help shape local and national understanding, and inform future policies and services that can help others transitioning into retirement to be more active.

Those who complete the survey have the option of being entered into a prize draw to win one of ten £15 One4all gift cards.

Celebrating 10 years of Norwich Pride

Norfolk County Council is proud to support Norwich Pride and will be flying the Rainbow flag at County Hall and Norwich Castle. This joyful, annual celebration of the LGBT+ community is on Saturday 28 July and everyone is welcome. There are stalls at the Forum and in Chapelfield Gardens from 10am and the main parade leaves City Hall at 1pm. 

NCC’s fostering team are taking part and will be in Chapelfield Gardens looking forward to meeting anyone who is thinking about fostering and wants to find out more. There’s also a chance to see the premiere of a short, animated film looking at LGBT+ young people’s experiences of growing up in the care system. The film is made by the UEA and Creative Research Collective and will be shown in the Forum Auditorium at 11.30am.

More about Norwich Pride  @NorwichPride. 

More about fostering with Norfolk County Council

Mobile phone detection system launches in Norfolk - UK first

 Norfolk County Council’s road safety team have this week launched a new roadside mobile phone detection system designed to encourage drivers to stop using their mobile phone at the wheel.

First in the UK, the system can recognise calls made holding the phone (but not using a headset with Bluetooth).  When the sign is activated by a vehicle, the sign will flash a mobile phone warning sign designed to encourage the driver to stop using their phone. 

Have your say on Earlham Road safety schemes

Earlham Road in Norwich is set to see two projects that aim to improve safety for cyclists, with a consultation asking for feedback on proposals now underway.

 One of the schemes concentrates on the Earlham Fiveways roundabout while the other includes a series of measures along the green pedalway, between the outer ring road roundabout and the junction with Heigham Road.

 Proposals for the projects were put together for a successful £1.7m bid to the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Cycle City Ambition safety fund.

 For full details and information on how to comment, please visit Deadline for responses is Tuesday 24 July, with the outcome due to be reported to Norwich Highways Agency Committee in September.

If approved, construction of the schemes will take place next year, delivered by Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council through Transport for Norwich.

Categories: Norfolk

Richard Bacon out of hospital after coma scare

BBC London News Feed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:52
The former Blue Peter presenter says he is leaving hospital exactly two weeks after being admitted.

Dom Crosby: Leeds Rhinos sign prop on loan from Warrington Wolves

Merseyside BBC News Feed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:42
Leeds Rhinos sign prop Dom Crosby on loan from Super League rivals Warrington Wolves for the rest of the 2018 season.
Categories: Merseyside

Dom Crosby: Leeds Rhinos sign prop on loan from Warrington Wolves

BBC Manchester - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:42
Leeds Rhinos sign prop Dom Crosby on loan from Super League rivals Warrington Wolves for the rest of the 2018 season.
Categories: Manchester

Anti-drug graffiti appears in Reading

BBC Berkshire - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:32
The anti-drug markings in a Reading street have had a mixed reception from residents.
Categories: Berkshire

Wayne Parnell: Worcestershire sign South Africa all-rounder until mid-September

BBC Worcestershire - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:32
South Africa all-rounder Wayne Parnell joins Worcestershire as an overseas player until mid-September.
Categories: Worcestershire

Wayne Parnell: Worcestershire sign South Africa all-rounder until mid-September

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:32
South Africa all-rounder Wayne Parnell joins Worcestershire as an overseas player until mid-September.
Categories: Birmingham

Construction sector needs overhaul to meet housing and infrastructure needs

Parliament News - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:30
Lords Science and Technology Committee publish report on Off-site manufacture for construction
Categories: Parliamentary News

Darnell Furlong: QPR defender ruled out for three months after knee surgery

BBC London News Feed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:28
Queens Park Rangers defender Darnell Furlong is ruled out of action for three months after knee surgery.

Tunbridge Wells flat death man 'loyal and caring'

BBC Kent - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:26
Gordon Farnes was "loved dearly" and will "always be in our hearts", his family say.
Categories: Kent

BA sorry for Heathrow IT-crash delays and cancellations

BBC London News Feed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:18
Some passengers have been delayed for almost 15 hours following computer problems.

Dorset cat rescuer 'laid up in hospital' after being bitten

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:03
A fundraising campaign for Joseph Lines raises more than £600 after he was injured in the rescue.
Categories: Dorset

Gloucestershire: Injuries end season for Liam Norwell and George Hankins

BBC Gloucestershire - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 09:40
Injured Gloucestershire bowler Liam Norwell and batsman George Hankins will miss the remainder of the season.
Categories: Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire: Injuries end season for Liam Norwell and George Hankins

Bristol BBC NewsFeed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 09:40
Injured Gloucestershire bowler Liam Norwell and batsman George Hankins will miss the remainder of the season.
Categories: Bristol

MPs approve Commons Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy

Parliament News - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 09:39
Commons approved a motion on the ICGP policy
Categories: Parliamentary News

Picture of first elected woman MP, Constance Markievicz, displayed in Parliament

Parliament News - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 09:30
A picture of the first woman elected to the House of Commons, Constance Markievicz, has been gifted to the UK Parliament by the Irish Parliament
Categories: Parliamentary News

£900k Lottery success for Durlston’s Lost Landscape

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 09:21

Durlston Country Park near Swanage has won substantial financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund to restore and enhance its lost Victorian landscape.

The injection of cash will allow extensive improvements to be made around the park which will benefit the local community, visitors and wildlife.

The clifftop country park and National Nature Reserve (NNR) is owned and managed by Dorset County Council and will receive £900,000 from the HLF’s Parks for People programme. This will fund the ‘Durlston Pleasure Grounds’ Project, aiming to restore the park’s intended features which have been lost or hidden over the years.

Over the next three years, volunteers will work with rangers, artists, landscape specialists and countryside management experts to create a landscape which is inspiring, accessible, educational, playable and sustainable. Some of the key improvements will include:

  • Rediscovery and enhancement of the Victorian landscape, inspired by Victorian owner George Burt’s vision for people to ‘Look round and read great nature’s open book’
  • Careful and selective pruning followed by considered planting schemes will all create opportunities for play, discovery and creativity
  • Development of the current viewpoint areas will be enhanced by artist designed seating, path improvements and tree pruning
  • Woodland areas will be vastly improved and enriched. Timber will be extracted by a green-wood worker and his heavy horse, alongside volunteers. By using horses we’ll keep mechanical work to a minimum while retaining tranquillity.
  • A new volunteering hub called ‘The Shed’ will give volunteers and school groups space to work indoors bad weather as well as somewhere to store tools.
  • Path and transport improvements mean Durlston will become one of the best places in the country for people with disabilities or reduced mobility to enjoy wildlife and the countryside.

Cllr Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for Natural and Built Environment, said:

“This achievement is something to really celebrate and add to our string of successes for the natural environment this summer.  As well as securing four Green Flag Awards for our outstanding greenspaces and national recognition of how we manage roadside verges, creating exceptional habitats, this financial award from HLF is the icing on the cake. This monetary boost will help ensure we create a country park fit for future generations of people and wildlife.”

Cllr Peter Wharf, the county council’s Cabinet Member for Workforce and Chairman of the Country Parks Liaison Panel:

“The Pleasure Grounds Project will realise a long-held Victorian vision for visitors and the local community and help secure a historic, wildlife-rich area for future generations.

“It’s a great chance to improve how Durlston can be used for recreation, training and creativity and promote physical and mental well-being through this fabulous place.”

Ali Tuckey, Project Leader at Durlston Country Park, said:

“This grant is the result of many years of hard work by staff, volunteers, Friends of Durlston and partner organisations, and we are really grateful to everyone who has helped so far – now the real work starts!

“The Durlston Pleasure Grounds Project will help make sure Durlston can play a part in improving the lives of local people and we hope that the work we are planning would make George Burt proud.

The post £900k Lottery success for Durlston’s Lost Landscape appeared first on Dorset news.

Categories: Dorset

Adam Rooney: Salford City sign Aberdeen striker

BBC Manchester - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 09:13
Salford City sign striker Adam Rooney from Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen for an undisclosed fee.
Categories: Manchester