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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 11/01/2019

Written by on 11 January, 2019

NO GIG IN THE PARK NOW THIS SUMMER

The organiser of last year’s Gig In The Park in Diss has confirmed that the event won’t now take place again this year.

Organiser Geoff Dixon says he has been unable to reach agreement over fees for the use of the town’s Park.  Diss council was asking for £2,500 to run the music festival for a second year over three days in the park.

Mr Dixon’s said that the council had also delayed giving assurances that the event could run through to 2020.  The event made a loss last summer, after being hit by poor weather.

EXTENSIVE PUBLIC CONSULTATION TO HAPPEN BEFORE ANY PLANNING MOVE

The company behind controversial plans to build homes on green-field land, near Diss town centre, has confirmed that an extensive public consultation will now take place.

Scott Residential say that face-to-face meetings and an exhibition are planned, as part of the consultation.  It’ll take place in the next three months to get views about the proposed development of 24 retirement homes on the Parish Fields site.

Discussions are also planned with town and district councillors….and other interested parties, before submitting a planning application.

CHURCH PLANS TO FIGHT RURAL ISOLATION

An important move has been taken to help combat the problem of rural isolation in Suffolk.

The Church of England has appointed a minister to specifically engage with rural communities.  The Reverend Sally Gaze has been involved in working in rural areas in the county for some time, but will now focus on the task.

She has previously served for 15 years in Norfolk, working in the Tas Valley team ministry as team rector.

MAYOR TAKES ON LEADER ROLE AS WELL 

Diss Mayor Trevor Wenman is taking on the extra role of council leader for the next few months.  He’ll combine the jobs until May, following the resignation of Julian Mason late last year.

Two deputies have been appointed to assist him….Councillor Sonia Browne will be deputy Mayoress and Simon Olander is deputy council leader

TOUGH MATCH FOR CITY BUT TOWN HOPE FOR POINTS AGAINST FELLOW STRUGGLERS

Norwich City face a tough match tomorrow away at fellow promotion candidates West Bromwich Albion.  Albion are just four points behind the Canaries and are unbeaten in their last six home matches.

Ipswich Town are at home and will hope to close the five-point gap at the bottom of the table, when they face Rotherham, who are just a few places above the Blues.

FIRST GAME FOR NEW TOWN BOSS

Diss Town will play their first match under new manager Jon Abbott, who’s joined from Scole. They travel to mid-table Ipswich Wanderers, following last weekend’s fine away win.

Harleston Town are without a match……and they’re still looking for a new team boss after Adam Gusterson and his coaching team resigned.  Although last weekend’s home loss was a setback to their title hopes, they still lead the table by three points, with a game in hand over second-placed Mulbarton.

DISS RUGBY CLUB LOOK TO START UP A WOMEN’S TEAM AGAIN

Diss rugby club is hoping to resurrect a ladies team.

The club is planning to run a special fun event later this month for women in the area to give the sport a try. It’s part of a national campaign run by England Rugby.  The club has three youth teams for girls, but has not run a senior ladies side for several years.

Tomorrow, the first team is away at mid-table Eton Manor, after their first win of the season a week ago.

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