PUBLISHED: 16:52 23 August 2019 | UPDATED: 16:58 23 August 2019 The Ark Pub in Thetford is being demolished. Picture: Marc Betts Archant An investigation has been launched after demolition works began at a 150-year-old pub without permission. The Ark Pub in Thetford is being demolished. Picture: Marc BettsThe Ark, in Norwich Road, Thetford, closed in June after serving the town since 1854.Work to demolish part of the pub then started - despite the district council saying they were not aware of the plans.A spokesmn for Breckland Council said: "Consent from Breckland Council must be sought and approved prior to any commencement of demolition work in the district."In relation to the Ark Public House demolition in Thetford, we have received no planning application to carry out the demolition and have therefore asked the owners to cease any further works, make the area safe and launched an investigation."Roy Brame, town councillor for Thetford. Pic: Norfolk Conservatives.Despite the … [Read more...] about ‘What on Earth has happened?’
Get the maximum out of half term with help from our guide for what's on across Kent: THE BEANEY, CANTERBURY Bricks Britannia: A History of Britain in LEGO comes to the city centre museum, featuring LEGO models including the 8m long LEGO model of the world’s most famous locomotive, The Flying Scotsman, which has light, sound and smoke effects to create a real-life atmosphere. There are some 30 models representing chapters of British history, made from 150,000 LEGO bricks. The exhibition runs through to Sunday, February 24 and costs £6.50 for adults, £5 for children. Under three go free. Info at canterburymuseums.co.uk BETTESHANGER COUNTRY PARK, DEAL The park kicks off half term with an archery taster session on Saturday, February 16 when qualified instructors will coach children aged eight and over on the dedicated outdoor range. The sessions run between 10am and 2.45pm and cost £8 for 45 minutes. To book go to betteshanger-park.co.uk BLUEWATER SHOPPING CENTRE Story … [Read more...] about Half term fun: what’s on in Kent
It’s the guessing game everyone in the City is playing: what on earth is Mike Ashley up to? Whether they’re retailers, property tycoons, financiers, pensions consultants, or just shoppers, it’s the question on everybody’s lips. Not content with being Britain’s most successful retailer of modern times through his Sports Direct empire, Totteridge Lane’s most famous resident has been buying retail chains like a man possessed. Some, like House of Fraser, Evans Cycles, Flannels and even lingerie brand Agent Provocateur, he’s bought outright. Others he’s amassed stakes in, making it obvious he wants them in his armoury too: Game Digital, Debenhams, French Connection. Then, of course, there’s HMV, which he is seeking to buy from the administrators. The brands have little in common bar one thing: they’re based on Britain’s dwindling High Streets. If he were to buy each of the businesses he’s got stakes in, plus … [Read more...] about Business focus: What is retail tycoon Mike Ashley’s big plan?
PUBLISHED: 17:15 24 January 2019 Taylor, Mill Street, Buxton County Hall in Norwich. Photo: Archant Archant One reader has expressed frustration after reading about Norfolk County Council’s spending plans. I’ve just read that they are about to spend £24m (which will total to around £60m including money already spent) on revamping County Hall at the same time as proposing to take money from the benefits disabled people receive from central government to help them live a half decent life.These people have disabilities so are already worse off than the rest of us. This will only make them more so. How can you live with yourselves?It’s obvious how ignorant you are about how people with disabilities live their lives and what and who they have to depend on to do so and yet you are able to make decisions which will affect their lives so drastically.This is not only unbelievable, but heartless, disgraceful, outrageous and quite frankly obscene.Do you agree … [Read more...] about Reader Letter: What on earth is Norfolk County Council thinking?
By David Wainer Bloomberg Tues., Jan. 22, 2019 In 2018, Davos was basking in a robust global economy as Donald Trump pledged that “America is open for business.” One year on, the U.S. government is partially shut and the market ebullience that greeted the president’s corporate tax overhaul is a distant memory. In the 12 months since he visited the World Economic Forum in the Swiss Alps, Trump has launched a trade war with China, slapped tariffs on Europe, weighed in on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, expressed understanding for France’s “Yellow Vest” protests against President Emmanuel Macron and threatened to “devastate” Turkey’s economy. That unpredictable stance toward traditional U.S. allies and rivals alike fans geopolitical risk and ensures that Trump’s policy choices will be the talk of the retreat, even as the president skips the forum to focus on the shutdown. “The number one … [Read more...] about Davos attendees wonder, ‘what on Earth is Donald Trump up to?’