LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 16/07/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 17 July, 2019
SERIOUS ACCIDENT CLOSES MAIN ROAD IN DISS
Police and paramedics have been at the scene of a serious road accident in the centre of Diss this afternoon.
They were called out to the busy roundabout outside Morrison’s store in Victoria Road, after a lorry collided with a woman pedestrian. The air ambulance was also called out, landing at nearby Diss Park.
The area was sealed off by police and local diversions set up. The A1066 was closed from Tesco to the Park Hotel, while emergency services dealt with the incident. Mere Street has also been closed at the junction with the main road.
A THOUSAND SIGN PETITION AGAINST BUILDING PLANS
A petition against plans to build on an area of historic open-land near Diss town centre has so far collected over a thousand signatures.
The petition has been organised by the Friends of Parish Fields group, who are opposed to the development on land described as part of the town’s green heritage. The developers want to build 24 retirement bungalows on a section of The Lawns site, also known locally as Parish Fields.
Up to 200 people attended an event organised by the developers yesterday, as part of a public consultation to explain more details about their proposal. The consultation will remain open until the end of the month for comments or queries.
COUNCILS CLOSE TO SORTING OUT A DEAL ON TOILET BLOCK
It looks like the future of the Mere’s Mouth toilets in Diss is close to being sorted.
Talks on the details of an agreement for the town council to take over the running of the building are nearly finalised. Once agreed, South Norfolk council will carry out refurbishment work on the toilets internally at an estimated cost of up to £80,000.
Local South Norfolk councillor Keith Kiddie says that he’s ‘pretty confident’ that the work will be completed in the next six months.
CITY AIRPORT GOES TOTALLY PRIVATE
Norwich airport looks set to go wholly into private ownership.
Norfolk county council has agreed to sell off its remaining shares in the airport, following a similar decision by Norwich city council. It follows an offer to the two local authorities for the shares by current owners, Regional and City Airports, which want to expand the business there.
The two councils set up the airport in the late 1960s and still retained nearly 20 per cent of ownership.
ANYONE FOR PADEL TENNIS?
Two new padel tennis courts have been opened in Diss.
The courts are part of a refurbishment of the tennis courts and five a side football pitch at Heywood Health and Fitness, in Walcot Road. Padel tennis is a fast-growing sport around Europe and the two new courts in Diss are the first in Norfolk and Suffolk.
CANARIES SIGN DEFENDER FROM THE HAMMERS
Norwich City have completed their fourth signing of the summer. Right-back Sam Byram has joined from West Ham on a four-year deal. Initial fee is said to be £750,000.