LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 08/05/2019
Written by Mike Stewart on 10 May, 2019
TALKS CONTINUING, BUT HOSPITAL IS NOW SET TO CLOSE
The All Hallows trust has now confirmed that its hospital at Ditchingham will close shortly, after the few remaining patients there are moved elsewhere.
However, talks are continuing to try to secure the future of the site in the long term, after the trust announced it was in financial trouble.
It’s hoped to re-open the facility in the future to provide health and care services for the community and local NHS health chiefs say they are willing to look at all options. A petition calling for the hospital to be saved collected over 8,000 signatures.
HOMELESS SHELTER PLANNED FOR DISS
A new homeless shelter is set to be opened in Diss. It’s one of six planned for East Anglia, after the Government allocated nearly £4 million to the region in a major scheme to help the homeless.
The money will be shared by 18 councils and will also be used for support centres and for letting schemes and agencies. There will be two other shelters in Norfolk and Waveney, based at Norwich and Lowestoft.
BALANCE OF POWER CHANGES AT MID SUFFOLK
Talks will start soon on the new make-up of Mid Suffolk Council, following last week’s local elections.
The Conservatives lost their overall control of the council…..and the Liberal-Democrats and the Greens are likely to work together and push for much more involvement. They now have a combined total of 17 councillors, one more than the Tory group….with one Independent making up the numbers. Mid Suffolk’s annual meeting is on May 20th.
COUNTY COUNCILLORS DELAY DECISION ON ALLOWANCES
Norfolk county councillors have put off a decision about giving themselves an increase in expenses until early next year.
An independent panel has already advised the council against approving any increases to allowances, after controversial pay awards for Norfolk councillors in the last 18 months.
DISS RUGBY YOUNGSTERS CLAIM A TROPHY
Diss rugby club’s under-15 side has claimed a trophy. They’ve beaten Ipswich 24 points to 17 in the final of the Eastern Counties 2019 Plate competition.