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TALKS PLANNED ON CLOSING FULL LENGTH OF TOWN CENTRE STREET A proposal to fully pedestrianise a busy town centre street in Diss is on hold for the time being. Town councillors are considering closing the full length of Mere Street to traffic.  They’ll now discuss the idea with Norfolk county highways department. It’s suggested that a […]

HOTEL PLAN FAILS TO GET PLANNING APPROVAL AGAIN Plans to build a new hotel in Diss town centre have again failed to get off the ground. South Norfolk planning councillors have unanimously decided to reject the latest application from the Marston’s brewery group.  The company applied to build a 27-bed hotel with three shops on a […]

HOTEL PLAN FOR DISS TURNED DOWN AGAIN South Norfolk planners have again rejected plans to build a hotel and shops in Diss town centre. Councillors have decided to throw out the application from the Marston’s brewery group, which has wanted for some years to build a hotel on a site in Park Road, near its Thatcher’s Needle […]

LANDOWNER DEFENDS HIS PLAN TO SELL OFF GREEN-FIELD SITE The owner of a green-field site near Diss town centre has defended his decision to consider selling off the land for a controversial development. Developers are looking at building 24 retirement bungalows on part of the site…with the rest of nthe land being gifted to the […]

TWO GO TO CROWN COURT FOR BURGLARY SPREE Two men have been sent for trial at Crown Court, in connection with a series of burglaries last year around Norfolk and Suffolk. The two men, from the Norwich area, are charged with carrying out many of the 20 burglaries in South Norfolk, including Harleston, Tasburgh and […]

HOTEL PLAN FOR DISS LOOKS SET TO BE TURNED DOWN  A plan to build a new hotel and shops in Diss town centre may have failed – yet again. An application for the proposal, next to the Thatcher’s Needle pub in Park Road, will be discussed by South Norfolk planning councillors next week. But council officers […]

MPS CALL FOR ACTION ON MENTAL HEALTH TRUST’S FAILINGS Local MPs have joined a call for urgent action to sort out Norfolk and Suffolk’s failing mental-health care. South Norfolk’s Richard Bacon, Central Suffolk’s Dan Poulter, and George Freeman, of Mid Norfolk, are among a cross-party group of seven MPs from the two counties to demand […]

DISS DRIVERS FACING YET MORE DELAYS Motorists in the Diss area are facing more traffic misery. Various roadworks especially on and near the A140 are causing long delays, with most of the work due to continue for several more days, at least.  Holdups of around 40 minutes were reported in this morning’s rush-hour, especially on the […]

EMERGENCY PLAN SET UP FOR TRAINS IN EXTREME WEATHER A special emergency plan has been drawn up to help train services in Norfolk and Suffolk deal with severe weather. The plan follows last year’s long spell of extreme winter weather caused by ‘the beast from the east.’  It’s been produced by Greater Anglia with Network […]

PUBLIC MEETING CALLED OVER PARISH FIELDS PLAN A special open meeting will take place tonight in Diss over concerns about the future of the Parish Fields area of the town. The meeting will discuss a controversial proposal by developers to build over 20 retirement bungalows on the green-field site, near the town centre.  Local conservationist Tim […]