LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 10/10/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 13 October, 2019
SORTING OFFICE WALK-OUT HITS POSTAL SERVICES
Postal workers have come out on strike at the Sorting Office in Diss.
The workers started unofficial industrial action early this morning at the office in Chapel Street. Talks have started between Royal Mail management and union officials over the action, caused by a health and safety issue.
The workers are unhappy over flooding, which took place in the delivery office after this weekend’s heavy rain. Royal Mail have told the Diss Mercury that the building has since been cleaned and sanitised. The sorting office handles mail for much of South Norfolk, including Diss.
COUNTY POLICE FORCES TO GET MORE OFFICERS
Well over 100 new officers are to be recruited for the police forces in Norfolk and Suffolk.
The government has announced staff targets for the first stage of a new recruitment campaign to boost police numbers. Norfolk will be able to add 67 officers, an increase of about 4 per cent, while Suffolk can take on an additional 54, by 2021.
SHAREHOLDERS SUPPORT BREWERY TAKEOVER
Shareholders in the Suffolk-based Greene King brewery group have overwhelmingly backed a takeover bid by a Hong Kong conglomerate.
The deal, worth £2.7 billion, will see CK Bidco, run by Hong Kong’s richest family, take over ownership of the pub and brewery concern.
SKATE PARK STAYS CLOSED
No date has been set yet for the re-opening of the skateboard park in Eye.
Clean-up work at the site near the town’s Community Centre has still to be completed. The skate park was closed last month, after vandalism and reports of anti-social behaviour
MERE APARTMENTS PLAN MAY GO THROUGH
A final decision may be made next week on controversial plans to build a block of modern apartments overlooking the Mere in Diss.
The plans are due to come up for approval at a South Norfolk development committee meeting on Wednesday. Although approved by council planning officials, councillors have twice deferred a final go-ahead.
The town council and Heritage Triangle Trust are among those objecting to the proposal.