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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 07/01/2019

Written by on 7 January, 2019

DEVELOPER SAYS BUNGALOWS PLAN ON GREEN-FIELD SITE WILL BRING BENEFITS  

The company behind a controversial plan to build retirement bungalows on green-field land at Diss says it will provide significant public benefits.

The Essex-based property developer says the benefits of the proposal for undeveloped land near the town centre will outweigh any drawbacks and provide much-needed accommodation for older people.

It also says that the development of 24 homes on the so-called Parish Fields site, between Shelfanger Road and Mount Street, is smaller than first suggested.

Some local people have been critical of the move on social media, fearing over-development.  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.

The proposal will be discussed at a town council meeting on Wednesday and is also due to be considered by South Norfolk councillors later this month.

LOWER SPEED LIMIT SET FOR TOWN’S STREETS

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.

POLICE CHECK ON DRIVERS IN THREE-WEEK SPEEDING CAMPAIGN

Police in Norfolk and Suffolk will be targeting speeding drivers during the next three weeks.

It’s part of a national enforcement campaign which gets underway this morning.  Officers will be speaking to any drivers stopped during the first week about the dangers of speeding, but the focus will be on enforcement in the second two weeks.

PETITIONS CALL FOR PANTO REGULAR TO STAY

Fans of South Norfolk entertainer Ben Langley have started petitions to save his place in the Christmas pantomimes at Norwich.

It seems the comedian from Shimpling has been told that he won’t be involved in the annual panto for next Christmas, as it’s planned to take the production in ‘a new direction’.  However, more than 1,000 people have already signed two on-line petitions calling for his reinstatement.

Ben, who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent last year, has been a regular in the Norwich pantos for years and is currently appearing in Aladdin at the Theatre Royal.

CITY AND TOWN BOTH CRASH OUT OF THE CUP

Norwich City and Ipswich Town are both out of this year’s F.A.Cup competition, beaten by League One opposition.

City were beaten after going down to ten men early on in the tie against League leaders Portsmouth at Carrow Road. An injury-time goal by the visitors knocked the Canaries out.

Town failed to improve on their league form by losing at Accrington, again by the only goal of the game. Manager Paul Lambert was strongly critical of his players, saying the result was an absolute disgrace

GOOD START TO THE YEAR BY DISS BUT HARLESTON SLIP UP

Diss Town started the New Year with a complete change in recent form. A much-improved performance brought a 5-2 away win at mid-table Leiston Reserves; Town taking control after conceding an early goal. Diss are still looking to appoint a new manager.

League leaders Harleston failed to continue their bid for the title, with a surprise home defeat against eighth-placed Lakenheath, Town losing 2-1.  They’re now seven points ahead of second-placed Mulbarton, who won at the weekend and who also have a game in hand.

In rugby, Diss finally recorded their first victory of the season in their initial game of the new year.  They were worthy winners against a visiting Luton team 40 points to 19.
Diss Saracens drew 24-24 at Wymondham.

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