LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 09/01/2019
Written by Mike Stewart on 9 January, 2019
CONSERVATIONIST ATTACKS PLANS TO BUILD ON TOWN CENTRE ‘GREEN’ SITE
A leading conservationist has hit out at plans to build on green-field land near Diss town centre.
He’s urging local people to speak out about the proposed development on the Parish Fields site, when it comes up for discussion at tonight’s town council meeting.
Tim Holt-Wilson, a geologist and former curator of Diss Museum, says that the site is unspoilt historic parkland and a precious part of the town’s local character and distinctiveness.
The developers are seeking advice from both the town and district councils before applying for planning permission.
Also at tonight’s meeting, councillors will be looking at a proposed large increase of 9 per cent in council tax for next year, due to extra costs. The council is taking over the cost of street lights and the Mere’s Mouth toilets from South Norfolk council. Government grants have also ended.
POLICE WARN OF DANGERS OF ROOF-TOP WALKING
Police have issued a warning to youngsters reportedly seen climbing on to rooftops in Diss town centre.
Police say the youngsters are risking their lives by taking part in an activity called free running. They’ve been seen climbing at the back of the town council offices in Market Hill and then running across rooftops. It’s thought that the practice is also being carried out on the rails of the Boardwalk.
NEW CHIEF CHOSEN FOR SUFFOLK POLICE FORCE
A new Chief Constable has been chosen for Suffolk.
Steve Jupp will come out of retirement to take over the post in April, following final approval from the county’s police and crime panel. He only left the force late last year, after three years as deputy Chief Constable. He’s previously worked for several forces, including West Midlands and the Metropolitan Police.
WOMAN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER CRASH
A woman has been taken to hospital after a collision between a car and a van at Starston.
The woman in her 80s was injured in the accident in Hardwick Road earlier today. The road was closed for three hours but is now open again.
VEGGIES ON THE FESTIVAL MENU
Vegetables will take centre stage later this year when the first Diss Veggiefest takes place.
The festival will take place at Hope Church on the first May bank holiday
when there will be a chance to buy and try out vegetarian, vegan and eco-friendly products.
NEW BOSS NAMED AT DISS TOWN
Diss Town have appointed a new manager.
Jon Abbott, a former player and under-18s manager with Town, has returned to the club to take over the job. He’s been at Scole Town since 2017.
Meanwhile, Ipswich Town have signed striker Collin Quaner from Premiership club, Huddersfield. He’s on loan until the end of the season.