LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 10/01/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 10 January, 2019
CONSULTATION TO BE HELD ON GREEN-FIELD BUILD PLANS
A full public consultation is to take place on controversial plans to build homes on green-field land, near Diss town centre.
The consultation will be held within the next three months on the proposed development of 24 retirement homes on the Parish Fields site. It follows a meeting of Diss town council last night, when members of the public packed into the council chamber for a discussion on the proposal.
Some local people are angry at a move to take away the land’s open-space designation.
They feel that the developers don’t understand the “special nature and context” of the site.
Last night’s meeting heard that only about 45 per cent of the land would be used, but some trees would be lost.
ANOTHER BIG COUNCIL TAX HIKE APPROVED FOR DISS
Diss town council has unanimously agreed a big increase in its council tax allocation for next year.
Councillors approved an increase of nearly nine per cent, because of extra costs and government grants ending. The council is taking over about 220 street lights and the Mere’s Mouth toilets in the town from South Norfolk council.
The rise will mean an average of £16.45 on bills…and follows an increase of 13.5 per cent in 2018. The Diss tax will make up about ten per cent of the full bill in the town.
MONUMENT’S HISTORIC STATUS MAY END BUILDING PLANS
A stone monument on green-field land at Hoxne may stop a plan to build homes there.
The monument near Abbey Hill has now been granted Grade 2 status by Historic England. Villagers, campaigning against the development, say that building on the historic site would take away part of the village’s heritage.
The monument is said to mark the place where St Edmund, the former patron saint of England and king of East Anglia, was killed by Danish invaders over a thousand years ago.
It’s hoped that the new status for the monument will cause a change of mind by Mid Suffolk planners on approval for the homes.
POLICE STAGE SPECIAL OPERATION IN TOWN’S MAIN STREET
More than 30 vehicles have been stopped during a special police operation in Diss.
The motorists were pulled over by officers in Victoria Road yesterday, with the aim of catching criminals and finding unsafe vehicles. Police say that over 15 traffic offences were detected and several offenders taken off the roads.
TOWN MAKE A SECOND SIGNING
Ipswich Town have made their second signing of the week. Winger Simon Dawkins has joined for the rest of the season on a short-term deal. He previously played in the Championship with Derby.
And Town hope to add expereienced defender James Collins to the squad shortly. He left West Ham in the summer and has been training at Portman Road as a free agent.