LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 17/02/2020
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 18 February, 2020
FEWER PROBLEMS IN ANOTHER STORMY WEEKEND
The Waveney Valley has survived another weekend of stormy weather.
Storm Dennis has brought winds gusting up to 50 miles an hour, but the area has escaped the wide disruption of a week ago. There were much fewer power cuts this time in Norfolk and Suffolk, although several hundred properties were without electricity for a time yesterday in the two counties.
Strong winds of around 40 miles an hour are now expected to continue on and off for the rest of the week.
DISS POST OFFICE OPENS ITS DOORS
The main post office in Diss has been re-opened.
It’s been closed for the past week, while repair work was carried out on roof tiles, damaged during Storm Ciara. The building had been cordoned off during the work on loose tiles above the entrance.
TOWN CENTRE PUB CLOSES FOR RE-FIT
A large pub and restaurant in Diss town centre is to close next month for a major re-fit.
The Thatcher’s Needle, owned by the Marston’s brewery concern, in Park Road is to close for between four to six weeks. The move comes with building work due to start shortly on a new Wetherspoon’s pub and restaurant nearby in Mere Street.
MP SAYS MORE HOMES ARE INEVITABLE
South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon says that population growth makes it inevitable that more homes will need to be built in the county in future.
He’s told Park Radio that there should be no upper limit on the number of new homes, but he’s called for policy changes at Westminster as the current housing system is broken
CITY LOSE OUT TO LEAGUE LEADERS
Norwich City remain rooted to the bottom of the Premiership, after going down to a narrow 1-nil home defeat against runaway leaders Liverpool. It was a late goal that brought the defeat, leaving the Canaries seven points from safety, after they had wasted chances to score.
In League One, Ipswich Town picked up their first win in five games with a convincing 4-1 home win over mid-table Burton. Town remain in seventh spot, a point behind the play-off places.
NEW TOWN BOSS HAS TO WAIT
Diss Town’s new manager Steve Eastaugh is waiting to take charge of his first match with the Tangerines, as their game against Downham was called off.
Scole United pulled off a narrow success in their Mummery Cup away tie away at another Anglian Combination side, Bradenham. The game ended all-square at 3-3 after extra time, but United then went on to win the tie 11-10 on penalties.
And in rugby…Diss first team had their game called off, but Saracens beat visitors Ipswich seconds 27 points to ten.