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MAJOR EXPANSION AND PLANS FOR BYPASS WELCOMED People in Long Stratton have been welcoming plans to build a by-pass around the village. The Diss Mercury reports that the news of the proposed by-pass along with new homes and land for businesses has been greeted mainly with a feeling of relief. Villagers have been pushing for […]

LONG STRATTON BYPASS PLANS SUBMITTED A long-awaited by-pass for Long Stratton may finally get the go-ahead soon. A major scheme has been sent in for approval to South Norfolk Council which includes a new road off the A140 around the village. The developers, Norfolk Homes and Norfolk Land, intend to build about 1,800 new homes […]

ROYDON TO REMAIN AS SINGLE VILLAGE Villagers in Roydon are celebrating confirmation that they’ve won their fight to prevent the village being split up. South Norfolk Council have now decided against a proposal to move nearly half of Roydon’s homes over the border into Diss. The Roydon community action group has led a six-month campaign […]

RE-VAMP FOR SPORTS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE Work has started on a £40,000 re-vamp for Stradbroke’s sports and community centre. Improvements include new heating, lighting and sound systems and portable staging. The work will take up to three months and will also include re-decoration. The cost is being paid for by grant funds from Mid Suffolk […]

GUILTY PLEA IN HARLESTON ARMED RAID A man has pleaded guilty in court to carrying out an armed raid on a Harleston betting shop. 30 year-old Dion Carr, of no fixed address, admitted robbing the betting shop in The Thoroughfare, armed with a knife before escaping with an amount of cash last June. Sentencing was […]

CONCERNS ABOUT DISS STREET LIGHTS Diss councillors have raised concerns about street lighting in the town….if plans to reduce the number of lights go ahead. The town council wants more time to consider the proposals from South Norfolk council for reducing the street lights because of the possibility of black-spots in some areas. They’re asking […]

CAUSE OF FIRE ACCIDENTAL A major fire which destroyed a Norfolk hotel and pub last week is said to have started accidentally. The blaze caused extensive damage to buildings at Breckland Lodge on the A11 near Attleborough. Norfolk fire and rescue service are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire although they have confirmed […]

SUFFOLK LOOKS FOR NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE Suffolk County Council is hoping to find a new chief executive in the next month or so. A short-list of applications is being now drawn up for the post, which has been vacant since the early autumn. A previous attempt to find a replacement for Deborah Cadman, who left […]

NORFOLK COUNCIL TAX TO RISE BY SIX PERCENT Norfolk county council has agreed to go ahead with an increase in council tax of nearly six per cent. The council took the decision this morning…..after hearing the rise is needed to maintain a decent level of services. It will mean an average increase of an extra […]

SERIOUS ACCIDENT NEAR OLD BUCKENHAM A serious two-car collision has closed the main road between Diss and Attleborough, near Old Buckenham, for nearly five hours. The accident happened on the B1077 around lunchtime…leaving wreckage of the vehicles across the carriageway. Police blocked off the road between the B1134 Heath Road junction and the junction with […]


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