LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 03/06/2019
Written by Mike Stewart on 4 June, 2019
POWER SUPPLY PROBLEM FOR NEW SERVICE AREA
There’s growing doubt about the future of the recently-opened service area on the A140 at Stuston.
It’s understood that there’s a major problem with the power supply to the controversial site, at the junction with the A143. A BP petrol station and Marks and Spencer food store have both recently opened for business, but no start has been made yet on building a planned McDonalds drive-through.
It’s believed there are no takers yet for the restaurant franchise, with a delay in completing a deal due to the uncertain situation over adequate electricity. The Diss Express reported last week that generators had been brought in to power pumps at the petrol station.
HISTORIC VILLAGE PUB PUT ON THE MARKET
An historic thatched pub on the Norfolk-Suffolk border has been put up for sale.
The Ivy House, a well-known pub and restaurant on Wilby Road at Stradbroke, is on the market at £365,000. It’s been run for the last 13 years by Sue and Egil Stenseth, who now plan to retire.
They’re hoping the buyer will continue to use the Grade 2 listed building as a pub, one of two in the village.
WARNING OVER THREAT TO BEES IN EAST ANGLIA
A new report has warned that many species of bees are facing extinction in East Anglia.
The report says that 17 species have disappeared from this region, while there’s concern over 50 more which are under threat. Pollution, disease, climate change and loss of habitat are given as the main causes of the problem.
MEMBERS OF LOCAL CHARITY ALL GET AN AWARD
A Weybread-based charity has been recognised with a prestigious award.
The Rural Coffee Caravan’s hundred volunteers have each been told that they’re to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The group was started about 16 years ago to combat rural isolation and loneliness in Suffolk.
TOWN LOSE THEIR APPEAL AGAINST RELEGATION
There’s disappointment for Harleston Town football club, after losing their appeal against relegation.
The Football Association has decided to go ahead with demoting Town back to a lower league for failing to complete necessary ground improvements in time. The work at the Wilderness Lane ground is now underway, but the club has blamed a delay in getting planning permission for failing to beat a league deadline.
The team will now return to the Anglian Combination, after winning promotion from there in 2018 and finishing as runners-up in the Thurlow Nunn first division north last season.
CANARIES SIGN MIDFIELDER ON LOAN
Norwich City have signed midfielder Patrick Roberts from Manchester City. The 22 year old joins on a season-long loan deal for the Canaries’ return to the Premiership.