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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 14/01/2019

Written by on 15 January, 2019

COUNCIL ‘SURPRISED’ AT DECISION TO SCRAP MUSIC EVENT

Diss town council says a decision to cancel staging a major music festival in the town this summer is “very surprising”.

The council, in a statement, says it’s disappointed that the organiser of Gig In The Park has changed his mind about holding the event again.  It says the council is very positive about the event and hopes that a fully worked-up plan will be submitted for consideration to make it a success in 2020.

Organiser Geoff Dixon had earlier said he’d been unable to reach agreement over fees for the use of the town’s Park and that councillors had delayed giving assurances that the event could run in coming years.

NEW MAIN ROAD CROSSING TO BE REVIEWED

A new pedestrian crossing over the main road through Diss may have to be re-worked.

The crossing near the town’s Leisure Centre on Victoria Road has recently been upgraded in a major scheme, but now there are complaints that it could be dangerous to use at night.  There are concerns that the crossing, which now has beacons instead of traffic lights, is too dark.

Norfolk county highways engineers have been asked to re-visit the crossing, as no change has been made to street lighting in the area.

VILLAGERS CAMPAIGN AGAINST NEW HOMES PLAN

Villagers at East Harling are campaigning against plans to build nearly 200 homes there.  They’ve described the idea by developers to build on the outskirts of the village, as ‘catastrophic’.

The homes are proposed on land between the B1111 Garboldisham Road and Lopham Road and villagers have raised concerns about an resulting increase in traffic and lack of public services.  More than 30 objections have already been submitted.

LIBRARY DOORS CLOSE FOR THE FINAL TIME

Eye’s town library has closed its doors for the final time in its location for the last 40 years.

The library’s Buckshorn Lane base closed yesterday afternoon, in readiness for a move to a new home in former offices off Cross Street.  It will re-open there on January 24th and book returns will automatically be extended until that date.

WORKS CLOSE ROAD IN VILLAGE FOR TWO WEEKS

Major roadworks are to take place on a main road in Gissing.  The work to re-surface Chequers Lane will mean the road being closed from next Monday for more than two weeks.

A diversion will be in operation while the work, costing £10,000, takes place from the New Road junction for about a mile.

TOP GROUP BOOKED FOR SUMMER FESTIVAL

One of Britain’s top music groups, Stereophonics will be appearing at this year’s Forest Live event, near Thetford.

The group has been lined up to appear on Sunday, June 23rd as one of the acts at this year’s summer concert series, organised by the Forestry Commission.  Tickets will go on sale this Friday both on the Forestry Commission box office phone line and website.

CITY DROP TO THIRD AS TOWN SECURE A VITAL WIN

Norwich City dropped out of the top two places in the Championship following a 1-1 draw at fellow promotion candidates West Bromwich Albion.  A late goal by Jordan Rhodes saved the game for City, who are now third on goal difference.

Ipswich Town collected their third win of the season, beating another struggling side, Rotherham 1-0 at Portman Road. Will Keane, on loan from Hull, got the vital goal.  Town are now four points behind Bolton and five behind Reading.

DISS MAKE IT TWO IN A ROW, AS HARLESTON STAY ON TOP

Diss Town continued their good start to the New Year in their first match under new manager Jon Abbott.  They made it two away victories in a row at Ipswich Wanderers, holding on to their early lead to win by the only goal of the game.

Harleston Town were without a match and now lead the table by four points and have now played the same number of games as second-placed from Mulbarton, who won at the weekend.

In rugby, Diss first team struggled with a weakened side, after their first win of the season last weekend. They crashed to a heavy away defeat at Eton Manor 77-5.

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