LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 18/10/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 19 October, 2019
GIG MAY BE BACK….BUT NOT IN THE PARK
It looks like a major event won’t be returning to Diss Park after all.
The organiser of Gig In The Park, Geoff Dixon says that the music event may be held again……but not at the town centre park. Mr Dixon has said the Diss Express that the Gig would probably have been held there again, if agreement over hire fees had been reached earlier.
The move follows his decision to join forces with a local hotelier, Fraser Duffin to arrange several events locally. Mr Duffin, owner of the Oaksmere hotel at Brome, also runs a London-based music promotions business. Their first collaboration will be organising two Hallow’een events on November 2nd.
BUILDERS PROMISE TO REDUCE DISRUPTION
Developers behind controversial plans to build modern apartments, overlooking the Mere in Diss, have agreed to take measures to reduce disruption.
The plans have been approved by South Norfolk planning councillors this week, despite strong criticism of the development on a hillside behind St Nicholas Street. Councillors have been told that traffic will travel in and out of the site only at the end of the working day and mess will be limited with soil re-surfacing.
The plans have met with strong objections in Diss, including from the town council, the Heritage Triangle Trust and local traders, who fear their businesses will be affected by the work.
MAIN ROAD HALTED BY SWANS
There have been further delays on the A140 near Scole this morning. But this time, police had to stage a rescue operation on the main road to help remove two young swans from the carriageway.
The RSPCA and staff from the Earsham wetland centre were also called in. After traffic was halted for about ten minutes, the birds were finally caught and then safely released on open water at Dickleburgh Moor.
CITY LOOKING TO IMPROVE ON LAST AWAY TRIP
Norwich City will be looking to climb out of the Premiership relegation zone tomorrow. They’re at mid-table Bournemouth for another away game, after their heavy defeat at Aston Villa last time out.
Ipswich Town play their League One match on Sunday lunchtime at struggling Accrington.
TOWN FACE TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH
There’s a big match tomorrow for Diss Town as they look to improve on their position of fourth in the Thurlow Nunn first division north. They’re at home to Lakenheath, who moved above them into third spot in the table, following a surprise 3-0 win at leaders Downham Town in midweek.
In the Anglian Combination Premier division, second-placed Harleston Town face a tough away game at Mattishall, just two points behind them, but with games in hand. Scole United are also away against Waveney, one of the other sides chasing the top spot in the table.
In rugby, the top two teams clash in the London 2 North league, as Diss take on leaders Norwich at home. The visitors are unbeaten so far this season, while Diss lost for the first time in last week’s away game.