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New digital road signs warn of flooding along North Norfolk …

Press release New digital road signs warn of flooding along North Norfolk coast From: Environment Agency 1 First published: 26 February 2016 Four digital road signs to warn of tidal flooding are being installed in Hunstanton, Heacham and Snettisham next week. Sunset at Heacham The Environment Agency has been working with the Borough Council of King s Lynn and West Norfolk and the Norfolk Local Resilience Forum to improve how we warn and inform the public of tidal flooding. The new LED signs will be brighter, more visible to motorists and provide timely information to residents and visitors.

They replace 4 manually updated signs that were installed in 2005. The signs will be illuminated when tidal flood alerts and flood warnings are issued, and provide information on high water time and when evacuation is necessary. These signs complement the Environment Agency s existing free flood warning service that anyone can register for.

Sadia Moeed, Operations Manager of the Environment Agency, said: The new signs are a great addition to our flood warning service and how we warn and inform members of the public to potential tidal flooding. The up to date information and improved visibility is a great benefit for the local community and visitors to the area who may not be aware of the flood risk. You can check to see if you are at risk of flooding or to register for the flood warning service visit www.gov.uk/flood 2 or call Floodline Warnings Direct on 0345 988 1188.

The Environment Agency also has a SMART phone App called Flood Alert which you can download for free to your phone or via Facebook.

You can also follow the regional Twitter account at www.twitter.com/EnvAgencyAnglia 3 for updates throughout the year.

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Downton Abbey star banned for drink-driving in King's Lynn …

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15/02/16 Stamford 5-day weather forecast Close X 3 Monday 15 Feb Sunny spells Temp High 5 c Low -3 c Wind From North west Speed 17 mph Tuesday 16 Feb Sunny spells Temp High 6 c Low 2 c Wind From South Speed 12 mph Wednesday 17 Feb Heavy sleet Temp High 5 c Low 0 c Wind From South Speed 15 mph Thursday 18 Feb Light sleet showers Temp High 6 c Low -1 c Wind From West Speed 10 mph Friday 19 Feb Light rain Temp High 7 c Low 5 c Wind From South west Speed 15 mph Like us 4 Follow us 5 Place your Ad 6 Subscribe 7 David (Brendan) Coyle (Downton Abbey Actor) pictured in King’s Lynn after his Court appearance on drink-driving charge. ANL-161102-133750009 17:17 Thursday 11 February 2016 Downton Abbey star Brendan Coyle was caught drink-driving while returning to his Heacham home after being at rehabilitation unit in Thailand.

Coyle, who appeared under the name of David Coyle, was more than twice the drink-drive limit after being pulled over by police on the A149 on January 1. Lynn magistrates were told earlier today (Thursday, February 11) that Coyle, who is famous for playing Mr Bates on the popular ITV series, had lively flight home from a month at the Thai unit. Coyle, described as a recovering alcoholic , was banned for 50 months and given a 12 month community order.

Prosecutor Sally Rose told the hearing that police had followed the BMW Convertible driven by Coyle on the A149 towards Heacham. She told the court that Coyle was stopped and failed a roadside breath test. Mrs Rose said he was taken to the Lynn Police Investigation Centre where he blew a lower reading of 98 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35 micrograms. The 53-year-old actor, of High Street Heacham, admitted drink-driving. Mitigating, Steven Dyble told the hearing that Coyle had spent the entire month of December at a rehabilitation unit in Thailand.

He added: I can t say it was a success as the commission of the offence clearly shows it wasn t and failed. As was made plain to the arresting officer, the flight home was quite lively. Mr Dyble told the bench that all the progress made in the previous four weeks had been lost on one flight.

He added: For a few weeks those who were privileged to know Mr Coyle were very concerned about his well being in general. Fortunately on January 16 Mr Coyle admitted himself to the organisation Promise. The court heard that Coyle remained there until February 3.

Senior therapist Steven Bember from the Promise organisation also appeared to give evidence on the after care programme, which includes a two -to-four- day residential stay every four-to- six weeks. The court was also told that Coyle, who has a previous conviction in 2011, has also embarked on the AA 12 steps programme. Mr Dyble said: He stands before you a very contrite man who appreciates he has a problem and is doing his best to confront it and very sorry for burdening you with this appearance.

Probation officer Sharon Cooper told the court that Coyle described himself as a recovering alcoholic for the last four to five years and had felt he was ok to drive. Mrs Cooper said: There is a high level of remorse and a lot of relief that he did not hurt any other road users or himself. She said he had cancelled work contracts to focus on remaining sober and has taken two months off.

Magistrates disqualified Coyle from driving for 50 months.

He was placed on a 12 month community order with a 15 days rehabilitation activity and ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work.

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Council leaders give their reaction after big turnout for budget …

Norfolk County Council has received around 2900 responses to its budget consultation one of the highest ever received. With consultation closed at midnight 14 January the number is expected to rise slightly as paper responses that were posted before the deadline are logged. The council has also received petitions covering the Fire and Rescue Service, council transport for clients of adult social care, North Walsham Library and the Norfolk Historical Environment Service respectively.

Cllr George Nobbs, Leader Norfolk County Council Councillor George Nobbs, Leader of the Council, said: Many people have made the point to me that the council has done the right thing in a rural county by protecting post-sixteen transport to support young people and should do now the same thing for older people and protect transport services. I agree wholeheartedly with them and will argue that we do just that. While I cannot pre-empt Council s decision, I am anxious to set people s minds at ease on this issue and let them know what the administration s view will be on this particular service.

The Chancellor s proposal that we raise a proportion of council tax specifically for adult social care should allow us to preserve that service. Cllr Dan Roper, Deputy Leader and Member with responsibility for the Budget, said: I am very grateful to those members of the public who have taken the time to give their views on council s future services. This has been a very open budget setting process with the council asking the public about a series of options rather than seeking their views on a fait accompli.

I am now confident that we can set a sound budget while also addressing the views of the public. There have been particularly strong cases made for preserving Heacham Fire Station, protecting transport for older people and maintaining Supporting People services. My advice to fellow councillors is that we can address these concerns and still deliver a sound budget.

Reports on the consultation will now be sent to committees as they finalise their budget proposals over the next two weeks.

A final report, along with committee budget proposals will be considered at the Policy and Resources committee of 8 February, and that committee will make a recommendation to full Council which meets on 22 February.

That council meeting will take the final decision about the council budget and the level of council tax for the coming financial year.