TV and radio presenter Richard Bacon is "improving all the time" in intensive care after being placed in a medically induced coma. The 42-year-old broadcaster fell ill while travelling to the UK from the US, where he now lives, and was taken off a plane in a wheelchair.His spokesman said the broadcaster "remains in a medically induced coma after falling ill last week but he is improving all the time"."Everyone is hopeful that he will recover quickly thanks to the incredible NHS treatment he is receiving," he said."This has been very difficult for everyone who loves Richard, all of whom appreciate the many messages of support which have been received."Bacon's mother Christine told the Mansfield Chad her son was having "a lot of oxygen ventilation" and "lots of antibiotics"."They kept him like that for a week and we hadn't left his side, at one point we really felt we might lose him," she said."It was such a relief when he opened his eyes, although he is not responding to us very well … [Read more...] about Presenter Richard Bacon ‘getting better’ after being placed in induced coma
PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 June 2018 David Hannant Norwich Bus Station. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Copyright: Archant 2015 Three new super-fast bus routes could cut through Norwich to link communities and business areas as the revolution to relegate cars from pole position gathers pace. Map showing where new transport hubs could be added to Norwich bus routes, Picture: Transport for Norwich The routes, featuring zero-emission buses running every eight minutes, would connect Norwich Airport to Broadland Business Park, Wymondham to Sprowston and Easton to Rackheath. The city is looking to be shortlisted with 10 other cities after bidding for a potential eight-figure sum from the £840m Department for Transport’s Transforming Cites Fund. In an application supported by MPs Chloe Smith, Keith Simpson and Richard Bacon, Transport for Norwich has set out its ambitions to improve bus services in and around Norwich over the next four years. The proposals include: Broadland district … [Read more...] about Super-fast bus routes for Norwich could be on the way as bid for £840m fund is lodged
Farming minister George Eustice. Picture: Denise Bradley Archant Key farming concerns were under the spotlight when Norfolk farmers and MPs met Defra minister George Eustice at Westminster. Ten National Farmers’ Union (NFU) members, led by county chairman Tony Bambridge, travelled to London to highlight issues including the future of farm labour, trade after Brexit and concerns over the future of water abstraction in the Norfolk Broads. Mr Bambridge said: “We stressed that food production should be front and centre of future government policies on agriculture – it’s the central plank of what farms do. “The shape of future trade arrangements is vitally important as well, to ensure our farm businesses have a sustainable, profitable and progressive future after Brexit.” During the meeting, Norfolk’s delegation also urged Mr Eustice to ensure that lowland grazing receives the same support as upland grazing in the government’s post-Brexit … [Read more...] about Norfolk farmers and MPs meet Defra minister in Westminster
Building work on the Rayne Park housing development at Three Score, Bowthorpe. Council leaders need to allocate sites for thousands more homes. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Archant Houses, whether it’s about building, buying or renting them, are a hot topic. The Building Growth Pledge - Signing the pledge, from left, Saul Humphrey, Richard Bacon MP and Mark Pendlington. The government’s housing white paper has declared the UK housing market is “broken” and lays out measures to “fix” it, from speeding up housebuilding to discouraging low-density development to supporting smaller builders. The financial crash triggered a national slowdown in housebuilding which the construction sector has yet to fully recover from. But as the housing situation reaches a crux – with demand and prices rising and pessimism rife among the under-40s about their chances of home ownership – is it time for a radical new solution to put more homes on the market? … [Read more...] about What avenues should East Anglia’s housebuilders and authorities be exploring to solve its housing shortage?
Video 06 February, 2018 - 06:15 Norfolk Chanber of Commerce MP conference. Adam Marshall from The British Chamber of Commerce. Picture: ANTONY KELLY Archant Norfolk 2018 The region’s MPs have encouraged local authorities as well as central government to be “smarter” about how they award contracts for work. After the collapse of Carillion and news of financial trouble at Capita, the UK’s public procurement system – which is dominated by big contracting groups over smaller companies – is being called into question. At the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce’s MPs event, the parliamentary panel urged a break-up of the supremacy of such large groups over public sector work – from prison management to construction and school catering – to allow SMEs a bigger slice of the cake. Richard Bacon, South Norfolk MP, said: “I think the public sector has got to get a lot smarter about this. There is a core of businesses who have got very … [Read more...] about Business and political leaders in East Anglia urge shake-up of public procurement system