Category: Snetterton

Council seeks support from businesses to upgrade Snetterton power … 0

Council seeks support from businesses to upgrade Snetterton power …

Businesses in Snetterton are being asked for their views on and support for a 1.6m proposal which could triple the power available at Snetterton Heath from the current three mega-volt amps (MVA) to a total capacity of nine MVA. Breckland Council is aiming to unlock the potential of Snetterton Heath, a designated Strategic Employment Site, to enable existing businesses to expand in the area, as well as attracting new businesses. This would improve job opportunities and boost the local economy.

However, poor power supply to the area is currently hampering growth, so the council has been working with partners to identify potential solutions. Having discussed possible options with local businesses in December, Breckland is now asking for their support to help put solutions in place. Breckland is proposing that two 11 kilo-volts (KV) cables be installed to connect Snetterton to a sub station at Attleborough, at an estimated cost of 1.6m.

This would increase the power capacity at Snetterton Heath by six mega-volt amps (MVA), up from the current three MVA bringing the total power capacity to nine MVA. To enable this to be achieved, Breckland plans to invest 25k to secure a contract option with UK Power Network (UKPN), which installs and maintains electricity cables in the east of England. The contract would commit UKPN to installing the cables, if sufficient demand can be demonstrated and funds identified before October 2016.

Businesses are now being asked to give the council their views on the proposal and whether or not they want to work together, with support from officers, to realise the benefits of this contractual option with UKPN. Cllr Ellen Jolly Breckland s Executive Member for Income and Prosperity Cllr Ellen Jolly, Executive Member for Income and Prosperity at Breckland Council, said: As part of our commitment to help local businesses develop and thrive, Breckland Council has been working with a range of partners to see how we can unlock the full potential of Snetterton Heath by upgrading its current power capacity. We know how important an improved power supply is to local businesses, and so we really welcome their views on our proposed approach and encourage them to work with us and partners to achieve their power needs now and in the future.

If the combined demand from businesses is sufficient and businesses commit to working together in partnership, a formal request could be made to UKPN later this year to get the cables put in place. If this goes ahead, it is estimated that the power capacity could be increased six to eight months from commencement of works. Further to this, a second power supply option is also being considered.

This would make use of a power cable which is currently being installed between the Snetterton Biomass Plant (currently under construction by owners BWSC East Anglia Ltd) to Diss. This, with other infrastructural improvements, would also deliver an additional 6MVA capacity at Snetterton Heath (up from current 3MVA), but with capacity for a further increase in the longer-term. While Option 2 has the potential to provide a far wider, far larger ongoing solution for the future, the council does not consider that the long-term plan for the Snetterton employment area is sufficiently developed at this time to make a viable business case for public funding to support this option.

However, with the support of BWSC East Anglia Ltd and UKPN, this option still has the potential to be revisited in the future.

Animal Lovers Save Elderly Dog Abandoned in Woods 0

Animal Lovers Save Elderly Dog Abandoned in Woods

A 13-year-old, deaf and blind Beagle mix dog gave her best years to her former family, but right before Christmas, her previous owners decided they had enough of the pet. The dog was tossed into the Thetford Forest in Suffolk, England, to live the rest of her life if she could survive on her own. Thankfully, the senior dog was found and taken to a shelter.

Photo credit: SWNS The dog has been named Ivy. She had no collar or microchip and rescuers hoped the dog in the woods had been left there by accident. However, after placing Ivy on a seven-day hold, giving her owners a chance to come claim her, and after running a massive social media campaign to get the pooch back to her original home, animal rescuers learned the sad truth.

No one wanted Ivy, and whoever threw her into the wood did it on purpose. Kelly Smith, assistant manager for Dogs Trust Snetterton rehoming center told The Mirror 1 that the fact Ivy wasn t wearing a collar or microchip and didn t get claimed, leads them to believe that she was no longer wanted by her owners and dumped in a local forest without any thought of how this elderly dog would cope. Photo credit: SWNS No one knows how long Ivy was alone in the woods, but she was found in bad health.

It is uncertain if she was tossed under those conditions or if her health worsen once she had to fend for herself. What s for sure is that the elderly dog is being nursed back to heal by Dogs Trust Snetterton rehoming center 2 , and they hope to place Ivy in a foster home while a forever retirement home is found. There, she will spend the rest of her days (if not years) surrounded by love.

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References ^ The Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk) ^ Dogs Trust Snetterton rehoming center (www.dogstrust.org.uk)

B-17 Wreck Discovered Off Coast of Norfolk – Stabilizer Was Shot … 0

B-17 Wreck Discovered Off Coast of Norfolk – Stabilizer Was Shot …

This is from War History OnLine. 1 This is an amazing story of bravery. B-17 Flying Fortress 42-29752 with its right horizontal stabilizer missing The wreck of a World War Two B-17 Flying Fortress has been discovered on the bottom of the sea off the Norfolk coast of England. Two divers discovered the remains, and since the discovery they have been back to investigate further.

On dry land, meanwhile, the divers have been researching how the B-17 came to be at there. From their discovery and investigation, Paul Hennessey and Mandy Frary believe that because the B-17 s pilot and co-pilot acted with such bravery when the plane got into trouble, they saved nine of the aircraft s ten crewmen. They also may have saved the lives of civilians on the ground who could have been injured if the plane crashed on land instead of into the sea.

The only person who died in the crash was the pilot, Captain Derrol Rogers. Hennessey and Frary set about finding the wreck after retrieving coordinates from a fisherman who had spotted the wreck a few years ago. The wreck is sitting on the seabed around 20 metres below the water s surface.

Previously it was thought to be a jet that crashed during the 1960s, but now the divers have confirmed that it is a World War Two B-17. Fishermen have also provided information about the engines of a B-17 that were recovered in the nearby area during the 1970s. The engines are assumed to have been separated from the wings in the crash landing.

The diving team have taken extensive underwater photographs of the site and were able to clarify the B-17 s location and identify its serial number as 42-29752, based out of RAF Snetterton Heath. The story of the crash 2 is incredible: On May 13, 1943, they prepared for their first mission at the start of their combat tour. They were to attack the Luftwaffe airfield at St Omer, France but things went wrong straight away as the 22 aircraft taxied for take-off.

Two planes veered off the runway and the lead aircraft had to abort over Spalding because of an oxygen leak in the ball turret. The rest followed their leader back to base except for B-17 42-29752. Its fate is recorded in the book Snetterton Falcons, written by Geoff Ward, from Diss, and Robert Doherty, a veteran of the 96th.

Pilot Capt Rogers had been on a roll of bad luck. Two days earlier his original aircraft, Miss Poisonality , had damaged a wing in a collision with a contractor s truck on the airfield and was being repaired. Lt Joe Hudson, who was the navigator on board 42-29752, later wrote of the tragedy: We had been warned about the possibility of being attacked while we were taking off or landing.

Consequently, our machine guns were charged. When Capt Rogers banked the ship, the right waist gun discharged about 50 rounds, severing the right horizontal stabiliser. By great flying skill Capt Rogers and his co-pilot, Lt Norville Gorse, managed to correct the stall.

The scattering bullets had also injured two of the crew, waist gunner Sgt Edwin Wolfekule, and tail gunner Sgt Edward Youngers. The aircraft s yoke steering column was pushed as far forward as possible but, with a missing stabiliser, it still continued to climb. Rogers and Gorse struggled to keep the plane steady, tieing cords to the yoke which gave them enough control to fly back over the airfield where six of the crew bailed out safely.

The injured Sgt Youngers had been hit in the spine so a rope was tied to his rip chord before he was thrown out, enabling his parachute to open without his intervention. Rogers and Gorse then bravely flew out over the Wash to jettison their bombs away from people before turning back, over land, so that the bombadier and navigator could bail out safely, near King s Lynn. Next, the hero pilot and co-pilot took their crippled plane back out to sea to ditch it away from built-up areas.

They both bailed out somewhere off Blakeney and the plane disappeared beneath the waves to be discovered 72 years later by the North Norfolk Divers team. Lt Gorse was picked up by an RAF rescue launch and lived to fight another day. Sadly, Capt Rogers was in the freezing North Sea for some time before Sheringham Lifeboat Forester s Centenary found him, unconscious.

He did not survive and is buried in the American military cemetery, at Madingley, near Cambridge.

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Related References ^ War History OnLine. (www.warhistoryonline.com) ^ story of the crash (www.americanairmuseum.com)