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DEVELOPERS HOLD CONSULTATION ON OPEN-LAND BUILDING PLANS A public consultation is taking place this evening into a plan to build on an area of historic open-land near Diss town centre. Developers want to build 24 retirement bungalows on part of The Lawns site, also known locally as Parish Fields.  They’ve organised the consultation at the Diss […]

ICONIC TOWN CENTRE BUILDING IN DISS HAS NEW OWNERS A landmark building in Diss has been sold. Dolphin House, a Grade-2 listed building dating back to the early 16th century, was due to be sold at auction next week, with a guide price of £240,000.  A sale has now been agreed of the historic timber-framed building […]

VILLAGERS CONCERNED OVER POULTRY FARMING EXPANSION Parish councils in Mid Suffolk are banding together over a planned major expansion of poultry farming in the area. The councils are concerned that a big increase of intensive poultry farming may damage communities and the environment and also increase traffic on local country roads. Villagers are calling on […]

JOBS BOOST AS JOB RECRUITING STARTS FOR NEW FACTORY There’s a major employment boost for the Waveney Valley with recruitment now underway for a major new poultry plant at Eye. Cranswick expect to offer up to 900 jobs at the chicken processing factory, regarded as the most advanced in Europe.  The £74 million project is on […]

CHILDREN’S CENTRE IN EYE LOOKS SAFE AFTER COUNCIL REVIEW  The children’s centre in Eye looks set to stay open, under a review of Suffolk’s family services. The county council is currently considering the future of its remaining 38 children’s centres.  It’s proposed that the Eye centre would remain as one of 16 full-time traditional family hubs, […]

TALKS CONTINUE OVER TOWN CENTRE PUB AND TOILETS PLANS  Talks are continuing with Wetherspoons over plans to open a pub-restaurant next to the Mere in Diss. Access issues involving the site at Kings Head Yard are still under discussion, but town council leader Simon Olander says the company is still keen to get matters resolved […]

POLICE AND FIRE IN NORFOLK NOW SHARE JOINT CONTROL ROOM Police and fire services in Norfolk are working closer together from this week, with the two services sharing a central control room. Emergency operators from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service are now jointly located in the command centre at the county’s Police headquarters at Wymondham.  It’s […]

MAJOR BLAZE FOUGHT BY FIRE CREWS AT BOTESDALE Crews from nine local fire stations in Norfolk and Suffolk have been called out to a severe blaze at Botesdale. The fire swept through a large metal-framed chicken shed in Finningham Road yesterday afternoon.  No animals were inside the building at the time as it was engulfed by […]

MAJOR TURNOUT BY FIREFIGHTERS TO BLAZE AT BOTESDALE Crews from nine local fire stations in Norfolk and Suffolk have been called out to a severe blaze at Botesdale. The fire swept through a large metal-framed chicken shed in Finningham Road yesterday afternoon.  No animals were inside the building at the time as it was engulfed by […]

SUSPENDED POULTRY FARMS UNDER INVESTIGATION Two poultry farms near Eye have been suspended, after an three-month undercover operation found serious ill-treatment of birds and chicks. The Animal Justice Project group has called for prosecutions, after taking video footage of animal cruelty and neglect at Brome Grange Farm and nearby Trees Farm.  An investigatuion by the RSPCA […]