LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 01/07/2019
Written by Mike Stewart on 2 July, 2019
NO MOVE ON TOWN’S MAIN POST OFFICE
The future of the crown post office in Diss is still unsure.
National managers at the Post Office have said that they’re looking to close the outlet in Market Place, but it’s been unable to find a company to take on the franchise.
The most likely contenders, W H Smith and McColls have both shown no interest in the offer. McColls have since announced a decision to close its convenience store in nearby Mere Street.
UNION OFFICIAL CRITICISES 4-BY-4 PLAN
A fire brigades union official has hit out at plans to replace one of the traditional fire engines at Diss with a 4-by-4 vehicle.
Norfolk secretary of the FBU, Ben Jones says the new vehicle is no viable replacement for the normal fire tender. He says the fire service in the county needs more resilience and capacity, not cost-cutting measures.
The Norfolk service plans to bring in the 4 by 4s at five fire stations around the county.
TRUST LOOKS TO MOVE CAMPER ON
A housing trust is taking court action against a man who’s camped out in the grounds of retirement homes at Diss.
The Saffron Trust has launched court proceedings against the man, said to be in his 20s. He’s been camping on grass in front of the trust’s complex of bungalows in Thomas Manning Road for about six weeks..
It’s believed the man is related to a resident of one of the bungalows.
CHANGES FOR BIN COLLECTIONS IN MID SUFFOLK
Changes are on the way for rubbish collections in Mid Suffolk.
The council says that many people living in the area will be given new bin collection days later this month. The changes are a result of a significant increase in the number of homes being serviced.
Details are now being sent out to residents about the new bin days, due to be introduced from week July 15th.
FLORAL DISS SCHEME NOW COMPLETE
A scheme to brighten up Diss town centre has been completed.
Another 12 planters have now been installed around the town, as part of the Floral Diss project. It’s the final set of planters, containing a mix of summer bedding plants and evergreens, which run along Mere Street to the Heritage Triangle area.
The project was started by former carnival organiser Doreen Collins last year, after she raised more than £4,000 in funds.