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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 25/09/2019

Written by on 26 September, 2019

SAVE THE POOL FUND GETS UNDERWAY

A move is underway to save the swimming pool at Eye primary school.

A fund-raising campaign is looking to raise £10,000 to get the pool back in working order.  The first stage of the ‘Save Eye Pool’ plan is to replace the old heater, which needs to be decommissioned.

A street food event, held at the Queen’s Head pub in the town last week, raised over £660 for the fund.

NO DATE YET FOR THE START OF NEW TRAINS ON MAIN LINE

Greater Anglia has confirmed that no date’s been set yet for the launch of the company’s new trains on the Norwich to London route.

It’s planned to roll out most of the new trains on regional lines by the end of the year, but there’s no word on when the current stock will be replaced on the main line through Diss.  However, Greater Anglia said earlier this year that the new inter-city trains will be rolled out on the main line to London later this year.

The new trains are currently being used on the lines from Norwich to Cambridge and Norwich to Lowestoft.

GRITTERS MAY STRIKE OVER STAND-BY COMPENSATION

Union officials have started talks about improved pay for the drivers of Norfolk’s road gritters in winter.

The drivers, who work on road maintenance at other times, are threatening strike action, unless agreement is reached with Norfolk county council.  They’re calling for more compensation for being on stand-by during winter months, in case of bad weather.

The Unison union says the payment for being on-call is not very generous, despite the significant impact on the drivers’ lives.

POLICE ON THE LOOK-OUT FOR HARE-COURSING IN SOUTH NORFOLK

South Norfolk police have appealed to people to contact them, if they spot hare-coursing being carried out locally.

It follows reports of a suspicious incident on fields in the Hempnall area earlier today.  Hare coursing still happens in Norfolk usually after harvesting, with people coming from around the country, despite it being illegal for more than ten years.

TOWN SUFFER CUP KNOCK-OUT

Diss Town have been knocked out of the Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup.

They failed to find their recent league form, losing their first round tie at Framlingham 3-0. Three members of the club’s under-18 team were included in the Diss side.

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