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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 06/09/2019

Written by on 8 September, 2019

AERIAL CAMPAIGN TO TAKE FLIGHT SOON

It looks like a clean-up campaign in Diss is about to get off the ground.

It’s understood that a date has been set to start a move to frighten pigeons away from the town centre.  Trained birds of prey will take to the air from the middle of this month to deter the pigeons in the area near the Mere.

It’s part of a bid by the town council to keep the streets cleaner, with financial support now confirmed by local businesses.

MERE TOILETS REFURB IS ON THE WAY

Work will finally start shortly on refurbishing the Mere Mouth public toilets in Diss.

The toilet block is to get a revamp by South Norfolk council, costing around £80,000, before the town council takes over the running and upkeep of the building.  Plans have now been drawn up by South Norfolk to start the work at the end of this month or in early October.

The town council was due to take on the block about 18 months ago, until a survey found problems with the foundations. A petition, signed by over a thousand people, was then organised to save the toilets from demolition.

COMPLAINTS FOLLOW START OF NEW SCHOOL TRANSPORT SERVICE

The start of Suffolk’s new school transport scheme has resulted in some complaints.

Parents have been unhappy following big changes in the bus services from this week’s return to school.

The complaints include bus passes failing to arrive on time and children having to stand or make other travel arrangements, because of full-up buses.

DELAYS EXPECTED AS MAIN ROAD CLOSES FOR SECOND WEEKEND

Another closure of the A140 will start this evening, as work continues on a major roundabout scheme at the Hempnall crossroads.

The main road will close for the whole weekend near Tasburgh from 8 o’clock this evening, until the work is completed by 6 AM on Monday.  A similar closure caused long delays last weekend, with diversions via the A143 and A146.

Meanwhile, preparatory work for another big project on the A140, is due to begin on Monday.  Two roundabouts are to be built, on either side of the airfield at Eye, at a cost of over £5 million.

TRUST PUSHES ON WITH RECOVERY FOR PLANTS ON LOCAL MOOR

Work is continuing on restoring the conservation area at Dickleburgh Moor.

The Otter Trust bought the moor three years ago and is working to build up and restore the many plants in the area.  It expects the project could take up to ten years, with plant management helping insects and birds as part of a healthy ecosystem.

The trust is also creating dip wells to keep a record on water levels.

DISS GO FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT VICTORY

Diss Town will be looking to extend a run of  three league wins, when they travel to struggling Cornard United tomorrow. Town currently lie fifth in the table, while their opponents have yet to win this term.

In the Anglian Combination, Harleston Town face a tough test away at another top five team, Caister.  Scole United take a break from league action. They’re at home to Attleborough in the first round of the Norfolk Senior Cup.

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