LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 17/10/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 18 October, 2019
NEW APARTMENTS WOULD ‘SCAR’ THE MERE LANDSCAPE
There’s been strong criticism of controversial plans to build three modern apartments overlooking the Mere in Diss.
The plans have been approved by South Norfolk planning councillors this week, despite a warning from council chairman Graham Minshull, that the proposal will ‘inevitably scar the town for the future’. Mr Minshull, a former town councillor in Diss, also said that building work would threaten the livelihood of traders nearby.
The chairman of Diss town planning committee, Eric Taylor has also said that the development, on a hillside at the back of St Nicholas Street, was detrimental to the ecology. However, the meeting heard that there was little reason to refuse the application on planning grounds, despite the concerns.
The plans have met with strong objections in Diss, including from the town council, the Heritage Triangle Trust and local traders.
POLICE TO CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH SCHOOLS ON WEAPONS
The number of weapons being taken into schools in Norfolk is remaining fairly static, but more are being used to threaten.
Police admit that there is not a big knife crime problem in the county, but are continuing to work closely with schools to make youngsters aware of the dangers of carrying weapons. The youngest pupil caught with a bladed weapon in the last two years was aged seven…..while the average age is below 13.
There were nine incidents of threatening with a weapon on school premises in the county last year…..and a total of 42 possession offences.
VILLAGE WINDMILL GOES ON THE AT-RISK LISTING
The windmill in Old Buckenham is in danger of being lost as a landmark.
It’s one of a number of landmarks added to Historic England’s list of properties, which are at risk from neglect, decay or development. The building is said to be in a critical condition, after the loss of its sails and other parts falling off.
Norfolk Windmill Trust has received a grant from Historic England and says it is looking to restore the building.
TWO RESTAURANTS RECEIVE AA GUIDE ACCOLADE
Two Mid Suffolk restaurants have been selected among the best in the county for their food.
The Fox and Goose at Fressingfield and the Auberge at Yaxley has both been awarded a prestigious two rosettes in the 27th edition of the AA’s annual restaurant guide. Only two restaurants got the higher award of three rosettes in Suffolk, Tuddenham Mill and Bildeston Crown.
PUB VOTED THE MOST FAMILY FRIENDLY IN SOUTH NORFOLK
A pub in Winfarthing has won an award, after being taken over by new owners only seven months ago.
The village’s Fighting Cocks has been voted the most family-friendly, in this year’s South Norfolk Pub of the Year awards.