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Hellesdon residents – do you want ‘western link’?

Hellesdon residents will be able to have their say about a possible “western link” to the new NDR route at a consultation event in the parish next month.

Norfolk County Council has begun a period of public consultation asking people whether they think a Norwich western link is necessary.

One of nine consultation events in the county will be held in Hellesdon Parish Office, near the community centre, on Tuesday June 26, from 10.30am-8pm. County council staff will be on hand to answer questions and there will be a chance to respond to the consultation in person.

Hellesdon Norfolk County Council representative Shelagh Gurney is encouraging local residents to visit the event.

“It is important that residents are able to participate in the consultation exercise and have their say,” she said. “There has been much favourable comment about the recently-opened NDR, Broadland Northway, with residents reporting the benefits of accessing the A47 when travelling to Great Yarmouth, Wroxham and north Norfolk in general.

“Now is the opportunity to decide whether or not the NDR traverses the Wensum Valley and joins up with the A47 at the Dereham Road end.  There will be a lot of research required and careful consideration of the environmental impact of such a road, but the benefits of reduced travelling times for emergency services, particularly ambulances wishing to access the Accident and Emergency services at the hospital, will mean that critical treatment can be accessed more expediently”.

The public consultation ends on July 3. You can find out more and respond to the consultation online at www.norfolk.gov.uk/nwl

Man arrested after cyclist badly injured

A man in his 40s, from Hertfordshire, has been arrested in connection with a collision this morning (Friday February 9) which left a cyclist with serious injuries.

The arrested man is due to be questioned by officers later today.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to the smash, on the A47 at Thickthorn.

Officers were called at 5.30am to reports of a male lying in the road. Further enquiries established he had been cycling along the eastbound carriageway between the Thickthorn and A140 junctions when he was in collision with a lorry.

The lorry left the scene following the incident, travelling in the direction of Great Yarmouth.

The cyclist was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with serious injuries.

The road was closed while officers dealt with the incident but has since reopened.

Anyone with information or dashcam footage should contact PC Andrew Lincoln at Wymondham Roads Policing on 101.