Richard Bacon MP column: ‘Planned Diss ambulance cuts should be halted’
Many of you have been in touch with me regarding the state of the ambulance service in Norfolk.
I know many Diss residents are concerned about the time it takes for ambulances to answer 999 calls in the town. This happens because ambulances based in Diss are sent to emergency calls as far away as Luton!
The ambulance Trust is to review the gap between its desired performance and what it currently achieves. Rather strangely, however, by the time the review is finished, the Trust will already have gone ahead with plans to cut one of Diss’s two 24-hour emergency ambulances.
I’ve asked the new ambulance boss, Andrew Morgan to put a stop to these changes until the Trust’s review is complete. I will let you know what he has to say.
TURBINES PLAN BACK FROM THE DEAD
When a Planning Inspector threw out plans for three 400-foot tall wind turbines between Dickleburgh, Rushall and the Pulhams, local residents must have hoped that they had seen the back of this hare-brained scheme for good.
Unfortunately, they were wrong, as I discovered when an ‘information leaflet’ from energy firm TCI Renewables was pushed through my letterbox in Diss. The leaflet proclaimed that TCI had moved the giant turbines slightly further away from affected homes, and that they now believed the scheme was OK.
They have completely missed the point. The vast majority of local residents have made it crystal clear that they don’t want giant industrial turbines anywhere near their homes, but TCI refuse to take ‘no’ for an answer.
TCI Renewables needs to take the hint and drop these plans for good.
HANDY HELP FOR WINTER
Hopefully we’re through the worst of the snow, but temperatures as low as -12°c mean extra work to keep our homes dry and warm. For most people, that’s simply part of home ownership but elderly and vulnerable residents may struggle to do small running repairs.
That’s why I wanted to say a few words in praise of South Norfolk Council’s ‘Your Handyperson’ scheme. The scheme aims to help older or less able residents with small repairs to their homes and gardens. In most cases, the work is free but a discounted service is also available.
Everyone on the handyperson scheme is an approved South Norfolk Council contractor, so you can be sure you’re in safe hands. If you want to know more, please call South Norfolk Council on 01508 533705.
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Weather for Diss
Sunday 26 May 2013
Temperature: 6 C to 17 C
Wind Speed: 15 mph
Wind direction: North west
Temperature: 8 C to 17 C
Wind Speed: 17 mph
Wind direction: South west