LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 16/10/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 17 October, 2019
GO-AHEAD FOR NEW APARTMENTS OVERLOOKING THE MERE
Controversial plans to build modern apartments, overlooking the Mere in Diss, are to go ahead.
South Norfolk planning councillors have finally given agreed to the development of three-storey flats,
at the back of St Nicholas Street in the town centre. Council officers had previously approved the proposal, but the scheme was twice deferred by councillors.
The plans have met with strong objections in Diss, including from the town council, the Heritage Triangle Trust and local traders. South Norfolk council chairman Graham Minshull, who’s from Diss, told the planning meeting that the proposal will ‘scar the town for the future’.
NEW HOMES FOR PULHAM MARKET REJECTED
New housing planned for the outskirts of Pulham Market has been turned down.
South Norfolk council has decided that the development of seven homes, on farmland at Colegate End Road, would be out of character for the area. It was thought the new homes would affect the rural setting of two nearby Grade-2 listed buildings.
The parish council had also opposed the proposal, pointing out that similar plans had been rejected to avoid ribbon development along the road.
MAN TO BE SENTENCED ON SHOTGUN CHARGES
A Dickleburgh man will be sentenced next month for possession of a banned weapon.
56 year old Paul Berryman has admitted the offence, but he’s denied another charge of possessing a shotgun without a certificate. The plea was accepted by the court.
Berryman, of Ipswich Road, was arrested in November last year, when police twice visited a property in Dickleburgh and took away two guns. He’s been granted bail until the sentencing.
POLICE FIND DRUGS AFTER STOP AND SEARCH IN PARK
Police in Harleston have detained two men after a search for drugs.
The two were stopped in Harleston Recreation Park last night and found to be in possession of a quantity of cannabis. Police in the town regard drugs as one of their three neighbourhood priorities.
WORKS CAUSE LONG DELAYS ON MAIN ROAD
Motorists have been facing long delays of up to an hour on the A140.
The tailbacks have been caused by roadworks at the junction of Hill Farm Road on the Tasburgh side of Long Stratton. The work has meant traffic being controlled by three-way temporary lights, which has caused long queues on either side of the main road.
And early morning passengers on London to Norwich trains also faced delays, when several services were cancelled, due to faults.
YOUNGSTERS GET PRAISE FOR FOOD DONATIONS
Pupils at a village primary school have been praised for donating vital foodstuffs for the Waveney Foodbank.
The youngsters at Mellis Church of England primary collected more than 150 items of food in just two days. The items were gathered with help from parents and staff, as part of the school’s annual harvest thanksgiving.
DISS HELD TO A HOME DRAW BUT STAY FOURTH
Diss Town have been held to a one-all home draw in their latest Thurlow Nunn first division north game against well-placed Norwich CBS.
A late equaliser by the visitors meant the teams shared the points in a close game, after Alex McIntosh had put the Tangerines in front near the break. Diss remain in fourth place.