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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 04/01/2019

Written by on 4 January, 2019

BUNGALOW PLAN ON GREEN FIELD LAND TO BE DISCUSSED

A controversial plan to build up to 24 retirement bungalows on designated green-field land at Diss will be discussed by town councillors next week.

The plan from an Essex property developer is proposed for 3.5 acres of land near the town centre. It’s on the so-called Parish Fields site, between Shelfanger Road and Mount Street.

The privately-owned land is earmarked to remain as “important” open space in the South Norfolk local plan and currently there is no public access to the site.  However, the developers say that this should now be re-considered for a smaller project than first planned.

The proposal will be reviewed by the town council on Wednesday, after it was endorsed at a meeting last month involving the Diss Neighbourhood Plan steering group.

COUNCIL TAX INCREASE PLANNED TO FUND MORE POLICE OFFICERS

Suffolk’s police commissioner Tim Passmore has confirmed that he’s looking for an increase in funding for the county’s force.

He’s looking to raise the police council tax precept by £2 a month from May, to bring in another 29 officers around the county. He’s asking for views on the increase, which is aimed at improving police visibility and the response to major crime problems.

SPEED LIMIT MAY BE LOWERED IN EYE TOWN CENTRE

It looks like a new speed limit may be brought in on roads in Eye town centre soon.

County councillor Guy McGregor says he hopes that work will start shortly on bringing in a limit of just 20 miles an hour.  He’s also suggesting that the town council should set up a working group to look at other ideas, including a possible one-way system for traffic in the town centre.

CHIMNEY FIRES SAFETY WARNING

A series of chimney fires have been reported in the South Norfolk area over the last week.

In one incident, an 80 year old man at Tibenham had to be taken to hospital with breathing problems.  Norfolk fire service says that chimneys should be kept clean by sweeping….and more care taken about what is burnt on fires, including wet wood..

JEWELLERY STOLEN IN VILLAGE BREAK-IN

Several pieces of jewellery have been stolen in a burglary at Bedfield, near Eye.

Police are appealing for information about the break-in at a house in Southolt Road on Wednesday afternoon.  An amount of money was also taken.

CUP ACTION TAKES OVER THIS WEEKEND

Norwich and Ipswich take a brek from league action tomorrow for the third round of the F.A.Cup.

City meet League One leaders Portsmouth at Carrow Road and are likely to make several changes with a number of injury problems. It’s an early evening kick-off.

Town travel to Accrington, another League One side, hoping to make progress in the competition despite their struggles in the Championship this season.

Locally, Diss Town start the New Year, still without a manager, as they travel to mid-table Leiston Reserves.

League leaders Harleston continue their bid for the Thurlow Nunn division one north title, at home to eighth-placed Lakenheath.

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