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SuffolkNews podcast: West Suffolk car parking income shortfall, impact of heatwave on Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds and Palgrave councillors oppose huge solar farm



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In today's podcast, we have the news that car parking income in West Suffolk could be nearly £1 million short of budget this financial year due to reduced demand.

West Suffolk Council's performance and audit scrutiny committee was briefed on the alarming 'worst case scenario' financial forecast on Thursday.

Next, there are some fascinating pictures on our site of the impact of the heatwave on the popular Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds.

Aerial photos taken of the park's bowling green, compared with pictures taken in February 2020, highlight how the ongoing dry spell has affected the previously healthy, green grass.

Meanwhile, we have an interesting data story which shows the share of homegrown doctors and nurses joining England’s NHS is at its lowest for seven years.

As an example, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust saw the share of UK staff joining the trust dropped by 1.1 percentage points between 2015 and 2021 and the share of EU staff joining the trust dropped by 9.9 percentage points.

Elsewhere, parish councillors in Palgrave have opposed the construction of Britain’s second largest solar farm in the village.

At a meeting this month, all members of the council voted to oppose the 223-acre Grange Solar Farm, which is awaiting approval from planning authorities.

Also, a Bury St Edmunds shop is preparing to give away thousands of vintage records, ahead of a major refurbishment.

At the end of August, Vinyl Hunter, in St John's Street, hopes to move to a pop-up location in the town centre, whilst the front of the shop is transformed into a café area and community space.