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PLAN PROPOSED TO REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN TOWN CENTRE An initial plan of action is underway to try to ease major traffic congestion on the busy A1066 main road through Diss town centre. Norfolk county council has put in an application to build a larger roundabout in Victoria Road, near the Shell garage, as well […]

BIG INCREASE IN RACE-HATE CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN New figures show that race hate-crimes recorded against children have shot up in Norfolk. The figures saw an increase of around 300 per cent over a three-year period to 2017-18.  There was an increase from just 17 offences in 2015-16 to 71 during 2017-18.  The rise was the biggest […]

POLICE PROBE ABANDONED VAN IN FIELD NEAR EYE Police have launched an investigation, after a transit van was found abandoned near Eye, with valuable equipment on board. The van was discovered after a tip-off last week, hidden behind a hedgerow in a field at Brockford Green, close to the A140.  The vehicle was found to contain […]

PARISHES COME OUT AGAINST SERVICE AREA SIGNS Three parish councils are objecting to a new proposal by McDonalds for their signs at the recently-opened service area at Stuston. They’ve protested to Mid Suffolk council over the restaurant chain’s change in location for three illuminated signs, attached to a 12-metre post at the side of the […]

WRANGLE OVER SIGNS HOLDS UP RESTAURANT PLANS It’s reported that a McDonald’s restaurant planned for a new service area at Stuston may be in doubt, because of a battle over signs. It seems that there are problems over the company’s plans for three illuminated signs, attached to a 12-metre post on the service area, at […]

MENTAL HEALTH CARE SPENDING UNDER ATTACK Governors at the Norfolk and Suffolk health trust have hit out at the failure to provide decent mental care services for children in the area. They describe the situation of waiting lists and services locally as ‘unacceptable’, with not enough money being provided for the area. The East of […]

DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR EYE MOVES FORWARD A draft neighbourhood plan for the development of Eye has moved a step forward. The plan, put together by Eye town council, has now been sent to Mid-Suffolk councillors for review.  Feedback from the public is also being requested during a six-week consultation period, which is now underway. It […]

FASTER TRAINS WILL STOP AT DISS IN FUTURE Diss is in line to be one of the stops for new, faster train services between Norwich and London. Greater Anglia are planning to speed up all journeys on the line during the next 18 months, when its new fleet of modern trains go into operation.  A new […]

STUDY TO REVIEW PLANS FOR NEW ACCESS TO DISS RAIL STATION A feasibility study is to look into plans to improve road access to Diss railway station. Town councillors are unsure about a proposal that a new link road between the station and nearby Nelson Road should be one-way only.  They say that this may not […]

MAN ARRESTED OVER SUSPECTED ASSAULT A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault, after an incident near Rickinghall earlier this week. The 54 year-old man was detained by police in Bury St Edmunds, where he remains in the town’s investigation unit. The injured man. aged in his 30s, was found with head injuries at […]