LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 14/10/2019
Written by Mike Stewart on 15 October, 2019
POLICE WARNING AS THEFTS CONTINUE
Another break-in incident has been reported, following a warning from police about recent thefts in South Norfolk.
This time, a quad bike has been stolen, along with farming machinery, a chainsaw, tools and a battery. They were taken from an outbuilding, at a property in New Buckenham Road at Banham, between Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning last week. Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
A total of ten incidents were reported locally last week, including at Diss, Roydon, Bressingham, Dickleburgh and Kenninghall. A number of tools and equipment were stolen from cars and vans..
Police urge drivers to mark or register their tools, remove them from vehicles and upgrade security measures.
POSTAL WORKERS RETURN TO WORK AT SORTING OFFICE
Postal staff at Diss Sorting Office are back at work after ending strike action on Friday.
Deliveries are now back to normal, after unofficial industrial action over a health and safety issue. The problem was caused by flooding in part of the delivery office, but the return to work came after Royal Mail insisted that the area had been properly cleaned and sanitised.
HARLESTON TO GO FOR NEW LIGHTS TO REDUCE COST
A move is underway to replace street lighting in Harleston – for more efficient lamps.
The town council is applying to get Government approval to seek a loan of nearly £88,000 towards buying new LED replacements with smart technology. It’s hoped that the new lights will mean a significant reduction on an annual bill of £19,000 for its current 305 street lamps.
Long Stratton is also looking to take a loan to help replace its street lighting.
CALL FOR VIEWS ON FUTURE OF FAST-DEVELOPING “NEW ” TOWN
People living in Long Stratton are being given a chance to have a say on the future of the area.
A consultation is underway on the town’s Neighbourhood Plan, outlining the way it’s expected that Long Stratton and parts of Tharston will develop in coming years.
The town is facing major expansion with a likely new bypass, more than 1,800 new homes and extra facilities including a new primary school.
Meetings were held at the weekend as part of a public consultation on the plans, with a final meeting due to be held on November 8th.
TOWNS MAKE CUP COMPETITION PROGRESS
Diss Town and Harleston Town have both gone through to the next round of the Norfolk Senior Cup.
The Tangerines won their home tie against leading Anglian Combination Premier side, Mattishall by the only goal of the game. Harleston Town had an impressive 4-1 home victory against Thurlow Nunn first division team Sheringham.
Scole United went down to a 2-1 defeat against lowly Beccles in their Anglian Combination Premier away game.