LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 23/01/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 23 January, 2019
DISS DRIVERS FACING YET MORE DELAYS
Motorists in the Diss area are facing more traffic misery.
Various roadworks especially on and near the A140 are causing long delays, with most of the work due to continue for several more days, at least. Holdups of around 40 minutes were reported in this morning’s rush-hour, especially on the main road between Dickleburgh towards the A143.
Work by BT engineers is expected to last there for another week, with other work underway at Stuston, Syleham and Hoxne. Cadent are carrying out gas maintenance on Norwich Road at Scole, while UK Power are working on the B1077 at Brome.
COUNTY TO TAKE FINAL DECISION ON CHILDREN’S CENTRES SOON
A final decision on a plan to close many of the 53 children’s centres in Norfolk will be made next month.
A full county council meeting on February 11th will take a decision on retaining only 15 centres, including the ones at Diss and Long Stratton. Children’s services committee members yesterday agreed to press ahead with closing a total of 38 centres, including Harleston, with the aim of saving £5 million.
The council will also confirm a plan to set up a new childhood and family service, with a targeted approach to reach out to the most vulnerable families. Any changes agreed will come into effect in October.
PLAN FOR FLATS OVERLOOKING THE MERE FACES OPPOSITION
An application to build new flats overlooking the Mere in Diss is facing strong opposition.
The plans will go to South Norfolk council for decision shortly, but Diss town council planners have already come out against the project. Nearly 20 objections have also been received so far, including one from an architect and business owners involved in the town’s Heritage Triangle project.
MEETING DECIDES PARISH FIELDS SHOULD STAY THE SAME
A recently formed group has confirmed that they will continue to oppose plans to build on green-field land near Diss town centre.
The Parish Fields Friends have held an open meeting to discuss plans to build retirement bungalows on part of the site off Mount Street. Nearly 50 people attended the meeting, which agreed to press for the land to remain unchanged.
DISS GO OUT OF THE CUP WITH A HEAVY HOME DEFEAT
Diss Town have failed in a bid to reach the semifinals of the Norfolk Senior Cup. They were knocked out of the competition after visitors Dereham proved too strong, with Town losing six-nil.
Meanwhile, Norwich City striker Nelson Oliviera has left Carrow Road to join Reading on loan for the rest of the season.