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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 15/03/2019

Written by on 15 March, 2019

PETITION TO SAVE APOLLO AS A COMMUNITY HUB

A petition has been launched to save the former Apollo Club in Harleston as a community hub.

It’s been started by the town’s Hope Church, which has made an offer, at the asking price, to buy the building in Mendham Lane.  The church group has also applied to South Norfolk council to have the building listed as a community asset.

The group has now written to the owners of the Apollo, asking them to re-consider a decision to demolish it and use the site for retirement homes.

CONCERN THAT NO BUSINESS PLANS ARE IN PLACE FOR BREXIT

Concerns have been raised that business in Suffolk is not doing enough to prepare for Brexit.

Chief executive of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Chris Starkie says he’s concerned that many local businesses have not drawn up any contingency plans.  He’s been working with the county’s chamber of commerce to encourage and help firms get ready for likely changes.

He says that they will be particularly supporting small businesses who often lack the time for the sort of planning needed.

RIGHT-TO-BUY SCHEME MEANS A PROFIT FOR SOME TENANTS

Figures just released show how former council-house tenants in Norfolk have made profits from selling their homes, under the Government’s Right To Buy scheme.

In one case in South Norfolk, a property was sold within just three weeks, netting a profit of £25,000.  Another in the same area was sold on after nearly four years – for a profit of £117,000.

In Waveney, a home bought for £17,000 was sold for an additional £50,000 in about 18 months.  However, most tenants buying a council-house under the scheme have kept their home.

NEW LEISURE CENTRE OPENS ITS DOORS SOON

The grand opening of Long Stratton leisure centre is just a few days away.

The final touches to the £2 million update of the centre are being completed in time for the opening on Monday.  The centre in Swan Lane will have a new gym, fitness studios, cafe and changing rooms.

CANARIES HOPE TO MAKE IT SIX IN A ROW

Norwich City will look to maintain their promotion bid tomorrow.  They travel to bottom-three side Rotherham hoping to extend a run of five straight victories.  The two other sides in the top three meet tomorrow, with Leeds at home to Sheffield United.

Ipswich Town are at home to a Nottingham Forest side which has growing hopes of a play-off place. Collins and Quaner are both available again for the Blues.

DIVISION LEADERS HARLESTON HOST BOTTOM SIDE

Harleston will pick up again on their league title aspirations, after reaching the final of the division knockout cup in midweek. They’re at home to bottom club, Wisbech St. Mary.  Meanwhile, a date’s been set for the other semi-final which was postponed. Swaffham Town will now play Holland F.C. on Tuesday.

Diss Town also return to league action as they travel to mid-table Debenham, after adding two players to the squad, defender Jordan Ramm and striker Brad Hunt.

There’s no game for Diss rugby first team, because of the Six Nations internationals.

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