Coltishall/Sheringham smashes on ungritted roads

Car smashes in Sheringham and Coltishall in icy conditions this morning (Friday January 26) were among dozens of collisions after Norfolk County Council failed to grit roads.

Two people were taken to hospital after the two crashes which were among 37 reported to Norfolk police this morning.

The council says its forecasting service did not predict there would be a freeze but says the gritters will be out tonight across Norfolk, from 7pm, with more sub-zero temperatures predicted.

This morning’s road chaos followed a light-hearted tweet yesterday from Norfolk County Council which said: “The sun has got its hat on, the weather’s mild and bright, the sun has got its hat on, there’s no gritting tonight.”

But in fact temperatures took a steep plunge overnight. Among smashes was a three-vehicle accident at 7.15am on the A149 Weybourne Road, Sheringham, involving a Ford Transit van, and Vauxhall Astra and Toyota IQ cars which blocked the road until just before 11am.

A woman was treated for back pain by an East of England Ambulance Service Trust crew and taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for further treatment.

Earlier, just before 7am, emergency services were called to the B1354 Wroxham Road, Coltishall, where a red Renault Megane had left the road.

A man in his 20s was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich by ambulance suffering hip and head pain. His condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

A county council spokesman said: “We buy a weather forecast service from a specialist provider which we use to inform our decision on whether to grit, and also where and when.

“While it’s usually very accurate, the forecast for last night suggested road temperatures would not dip below freezing, so on this occasion we unfortunately didn’t have the information needed to send the gritters out. We’re sorry if some people experienced difficult journeys this morning.”

Earlier this afternoon the council tweeted: “Freezing temperatures forecast across the board tonight so the gritters will be going out on all county gritting routes – that’s more than a third of the county’s roads – at 7pm”.


Sprowston residents invited to greenhouse meeting

Green fingers or just some budding ideas? Either way you will be welcome at the Sprowston Community Greenhouses tomorrow (August 9), 6-8pm, to see the facilities available and meet your neighbours.

Ideas are being sought about how the two large greenhouses at the Sprowston Community Hub in Aslake Close can best contribute to the community in Sprowston.

Anyone who turns up will be offered refreshments and have the chance to try a relevant activity such as potting seedlings.

The Grow Your Community Network, supported by Broadland District Council, now has access to the greenhouses and is keen for local residents to get involved. No experience is necessary.

“We just want people to come along, see what’s here and share any thoughts they might have about how to use this great facility,” said Mike Ellard from the Sprowston Grow Your Community Network. “It will be totally informal. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been inside a greenhouse before or if you’re completely green-fingered. We’d like any thoughts about the best way forward – whether that’s through a gardening club or private plots or a mixture of uses.”

“The town council and the Grow Your Community Network is working hard to give residents as many opportunities as possible and this is a great chance for Sprowston residents to get involved with something new in the community,” said David Willmott, Broadland District Council’s member champion for community engagement. “All residents are invited to share their ideas and have a go at gardening with this new community asset. I look forward to seeing the results.”

If you would like to attend the meeting about the Sprowston greenhouses and get involved please email or call 01603 430138.

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