LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 16/08/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 19 August, 2019
MORE EMPTY OFFICES TO BE CONVERTED
It looks like more empty former office space in Diss town centre is to be turned into homes.
A planning application has gone in for two more apartments at Navire House; this time on the middle floor of the three-storey building. Permission has already recently been given to convert the offices on the top floor of the building into apartments, but the ground floor is remaining in use as business space.
SICK DAYS MOUNT UP FOR NHS STAFF
It’s been revealed that NHS staff in Norfolk took over 400,000 sick days last year.
The main reason by far was mental health issues, such as stress, depression and anxiety. This made up about a quarter of the total, with colds, coughs and flu the next most common reason for a sick day.
CHANGES ON THE WAY FOR COUNTRY BUSES
Long-running bus services out of Diss are set for major changes in the next few weeks.
Among the services affected are Simonds Countrylink’s route 1 connecting many villages between Diss and Norwich, introduced when train services were cut in 1966. A new service will be introduced from September 1st by Konectbus with fewer buses at revised times..
Simonds has also withdrawn its 191 service from Diss to West Suffolk college in Bury St Edmunds, due to low use, but alternative services exist. The changes follow decisions by Norfolk county council after a round of tendering for routes.
Simonds managing director Martyn Simonds says the process had left them reeling, with the council taking into account only the price offered and not the knock-on effect of the overall picture.
CANARIES START THEIR SEASON AT CARROW ROAD
Norwich City will be looking for their first points back in the Premiership tomorrow. It’s their first home game of the season with Newcastle as visitors. In League One, Ipswich Town are away at Peterborough and the Blues are in talks with Colchester defender Kane Vincent-Young after agreeing to sign him for a fee.
DISS LOOK TO MAKE THEIR MARK AT HOME
Diss Town are back in action after no fixture last week. They’re looking for their first home win of the season against Haverhill Borough, after a defeat 11 days ago at Brewers Green Lane. Harleston also come off the back of a home loss, and they’re at home again tomorrow, against Mundford. Scole United travel away to Norwich to meet Hellesdon, after a win in their opening game of the season.