LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 14/6/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 17 June, 2018
POLICE SUSPECT ARSON IN HALESWORTH FIRE
Police say that they are treating a large fire above a town centre newsagent’s shop in Halesworth earlier this week as arson.
Scaffolding has been put up around the buildings in Chediston Street….the newsagents shop has been completely destroyed after the roof caved in …..and a furniture and clothing store next door lost most of its stock.
A full inquiry is now underway into the blaze, which is said to have started in a flat above the newsagents and spread to other buildings.
A number of people living in the buildings have been made homeless by the fire….and local people have been donating clothing and other items to them.
THANKS FOR CARNIVAL SUPPORT
Diss council leader Julian Mason has thanked people in the town for the hard work and great support that went into this year’s carnival.
In a letter to the community, he offered a massive thank-you to the tireless work of organisers and the voluntary support of many others on the day….on tasks such as traffic control and parking.
He says that this year’s event….the second to be held in the park….was bigger and better than ever.
FLY-TIPPING INCREASES IN NORFOLK AFTER CHARGES
It looks like Norfolk county council’s decision to charge for leaving waste at recycling sites has rebounded on them.
Fly-tipping across the county is reported to be increasing…..according to district councils……while fewer people have been using the county’s recycling sites.
The Diss Mercury reports that the number of visits to recycling sites in April this year was 30 per cent down on 2017.
The county decided to end a free concession for up to 80 litres of D-I-Y waste from April…in the hope of making savings of over £275,000 a year.
SPECIAL MEETING ON THE MERE TOILETS POSER
A special meeting of Diss town council has taken place to discuss the situation regarding the Mere’s Mouth toilet block in the town centre.
Last night’s meeting follows a petition signed by nearly two thousand local people and businesses to save the building.
However, it’s been confirmed that the structure will need considerable and possibly costly work to under-pin it……if it is to remain open in the long term…..or it may even be beyond economic repair.
South Norfolk council wants to demolish the building, after town councillors decided against taking on the cost of its upkeep.