LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 13/02/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 15 February, 2019
CUTS COULD HIT SUFFOLK BUS SERVICES IN RURAL AREAS
Fears have been raised that possible cuts to bus services in Suffolk could badly affect people living in rural areas of the county.
There’s most concern for elderly and disabled people, as some communities could be left with no service. The county council will consider savings tomorrow when it decides on its budget for next year. It’s proposed to reduce subsidies for bus services in the county by £340,000 – a fifth of the current funding.
The council’s Liberal Democrat and Green group leader, Andrew Stringer says one service that may be hit is the Diss to Ipswich route, operated by Galloway, which goes through Eye, Debenham and other villages.
PETITION STARTED TO KEEP COMMUNITY TOILET BLOCK
A community petition has been launched in protest at plans to close a South Norfolk village’s public toilets.
South Norfolk council has approved a plan to convert the block in Long Stratton into either shops or a takeaway food outlet. The local parish council has now launched a petition, after complaints from villagers that the closure would affect elderly people and families with young children.
Parish councillors now want to re-open talks with the district council, after previously rejecting an offer to take over the toilets as a community asset.
DISS MAIN ROAD TO BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC AGAIN
The main road through Diss town centre is to be closed again for roadworks, causing potential delays for motorists this weekend.
The work will take place on Stanley Road, part of the A1066, on this coming Sunday and the following two Sundays. Re-surfacing work will be carried out between Croft Lane and Denmark Lane from 7.30 am until 7 in the evening on those days.
An official diversion route will be signed for a 45-mile journey on main roads via Thetford and Ixworth, although local alternatives are available.
TOWN AND CITY BACK IN ACTION AGAIN
Football…and both Norwich City and Ipswich Town are back in action tonight.
City travel to Preston, managed by former Canaries boss Alex Neil, hoping to hold on to their place at the top of the Championship and continue an unbeaten run of 13 away games. They’ll be without the injured Mario Vrancic. Second placed Leeds, two points behind the Canaries, host mid-table Swansea.
Ipswich will be without striker Freddie Sears tonight at Portman Road. They take on a Derby side, which is just outside the play-off positions.