LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 7/9/2018
Written by Mike Stewart on 7 September, 2018
DELAY FOR PLANNED NEW BAR AND RESTAURANT IN TOWN CENTRE
Work on a planned new bar and restaurant, next to the Mere in Diss, is now unlikely to start until next year.
Wetherspoons had hoped to open the new pub during 2018, but the company says it is still finalising the costs of the project. Several planning amendments also still have to be approved by South Norfolk council.
The building is set to be built in the former Kings Head yard, with a beer garden, boardwalk and balcony, and was originally priced at £2.7 million.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICERS TO BE REDUCED IN SUFFOLK
Suffolk is to lose nearly half of its police community support officers.
The Suffolk force plans to reduce the number of full-time posts from 81 to 48 at the end of next month. However, the force’s Safer Neighbourhood teams will be boosted with 100 officers being added.
The move is aimed at improving the visibility of police officers across the county’s communities.
DISS FIRM CONTINUES ITS EURO-EXPANSION
A fast-growing Diss company is continuing its plans to expand across Europe.
Audio visual company Midwich have added a French audio company to their group, after the purchase of a German broadcast and video firm last month. They also bought a Spanish company and a British brand, Sound Technology last year.
NEW HOMES PLAN FOR OLD VETS’ SURGERY
A disused former vets’ surgery in Diss may be knocked down and replaced with new homes.
Plans have gone in to demolish the one-storey building in Uplands Way, which was used by a vets clinic for 40 years. It’s hoped to replace the building, which was last used three years ago, with three bungalows.
Previous planning applications since then have faced objections from people living nearby.
IPSWICH BOSS QUIT AFTER BACK-DOOR EXIT
Former Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says an incident after an away match at Brentford made up his mind to resign.
He says that he was asked by police to leave the ground through a back-door to avoid a hostile crowd that was waiting outside with bottles and beer to throw at him.
Meanwhile, Town owner Marcus Evans has called for new rules over young Academy players. He says many clubs are questioning the cost of running Academies when top Premier League teams are able to poach their young players for “next to nothing”.
TOWN TRAVEL IN THE LEAGUE
Diss Town are back in league action tomorrow afternoon, when they travel to Lakenheath.