PUBLISHED: 09:44 30 November 2018 Bethany Wales Trash Tribe volunteers joined Daniel Reynolds, founder of Pure Clean Earth, to clear litter in Attleborough last Sunday. Photo: Pure Clean Earth Pure Clean Earth When a young man from Norfolk organised a beach clean up with five friends he had no idea he was kick-starting a global movement to tackle plastic that would take him all the way back to his home town. Daniel Reynolds, 25, grew up in Attleborough and was inspired to launch anti-plastic project Pure Clean Earth while working in Barcelona earlier this year.Having spent the day fighting a losing a battle to find a litter free spot on a local beach, the then hostel manager said he was compelled to act.3,805 tonnes of litter later, Mr Reynolds returned to Attleborough, determined to set up a Norfolk “trash tribe” and clean up his beloved home county.Twelve keen litter busters travelled from as far as Birmingham to join the Attleborough … [Read more...] about Norfolk ‘Trash Tribe’ first town in UK to join global movement against litter
Breckland Council is looking for volunteers. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Archant Breckland Council is looking for volunteers to help keep its community fridges going. The council has built a network of fridges in Watton, Swaffham, Dereham and Thetford allowing businesses to donate any unwanted food which can be collected by those who need it.Volunteers are needed to collect donated goods from suppliers, weigh items and assist residents making collections. The approach means less food is wasted and residents are able to go to their community fridge to pick up a few items that they need. Councillor Paul Claussen, Breckland Council executive member for place, said: “Whether you’ve forgotten to bring your lunch into work, or just want to drop by and see if there’s anything you could use for your evening meal, the community fridges are for everyone and everything is free.”To volunteer call 01362 656316 or email [email protected] … [Read more...] about Breckland Council seeks volunteers for community fridges
PUBLISHED: 11:50 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:51 13 November 2018 Santa Claus has lost more than 100 of his naughty elves who have escaped from the North Pole to hide in shops across Breckland. From November 10 until December 31 residents in Swaffham, Watton, Dereham, Thetford and Attleborough are asked to keep a look out in these town’s independent shops, libraries and leisure centres to see if any elves have hid there. The first 250 people to find 11 elves and one of the five golden elves will receive a reward with a £250 voucher up for grabs.Councillor Paul Claussen, executive member of place said: “I’m delighted that Santa has asked the residents of Breckland to help him find the elves and I encourage every child and adult to help him on this special mission.”To see which shops the elves may be hiding in go to www.breckland.gov.uk/elves, with the further five golden elves hiding at ShopAppy.com.A form must be completed on the Breckland site or in … [Read more...] about Can you find Santa’s naughty elves?
PUBLISHED: 11:36 09 November 2018 Adam Lazzari Breckland councillor Paul Claussen, looking for young elves in Attleborough. Picture: BRECKLAND COUNCIL Archant Shoppers in Breckland are being challenged to look out for more than 100 cheeky elves. From November 10 until December 31, they are hidden within independent shops in Swaffham, Watton, Dereham, Thetford and Attleborough. Breckland Council is helping to reunite Santa Claus with his elves by posting a full list of participating shops that could be helping them hide at www.breckland.gov.uk/elves, with a further five Golden Elves thought to be hiding at ShopAppy.com.The first 250 people who help Santa find 12 of his missing elves will receive a reward, while one lucky winner will enjoy a £250 high street shopping voucher. To take part, people need to complete the entry form - which is available from all participating shops or at www.breckland.gov.uk/elves - by matching 11 Elf names with the shops … [Read more...] about Can you find hidden elves in Breckland’s market towns?
PUBLISHED: 09:13 05 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:26 05 November 2018 Capita staff in offices in Newcastle and Belfast have been handling Breckland planning applications. Pictured is Capita's office in Bournemouth. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire Press Association Staff shortages mean planning decisions affecting local communities in Norfolk are being made by a private firm 450 miles away. Controversial planning applications in Breckland, such as this one in Mattishall, led to complaints about Capita. Picture: Matthew UsherA controversial deal, which saw Capita take over Breckland Council’s planning department in 2009, has also made a fraction of the promised savings, an investigation can reveal.The £35-million contract pledged savings of almost £6m, no change in the quality of the service and extra income for the council.But this newspaper has found: •Some planning applications are being handled by Capita staff hundreds of miles away Protestors against a … [Read more...] about Why Capita staff 450 miles away are deciding Norfolk planning applications