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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 17/12/2018

Written by on 18 December, 2018

MODERN APARTMENT BLOCK TO OVERLOOK THE MERE

Plans have been put forward for a modern apartment block to overlook the Mere in Diss.

The plans have been submitted to South Norfolk Council for two four-bedroom apartments and one three-bedroom apartment. They would be built in a tier on a hillside, near St Nicholas Street.

The building would be sited at the top of the plot leading down to the water near the Mere wildlife garden and boardwalk.

DATE SET FOR NEW TOWN CENTRE PUB OPENING

A date now looks set for the opening of a new Wetherspoons pub and restaurant alongside the Mere.

It’s planned that work on the £2.7 million project will start in March and be ready to open in September.  The two-storey building in Kings Head Yard, has been delayed by the company reviewing the costs involved.

COMMUNITY HUB PLAN ON HOLD FOR NOW

A move to open a community hub for Harleston in the town’s old Apollo Club building seems to be on hold, for the time being.

The Hope community church based in the town is understood to have offered the purchase price of £380,000 for the former function venue.  The building’s owners say they’re keeping their various options open and will make a decision in due course.

MORE YOUNGSTERS GO TO HOSPITAL WITH ASTHMA PROBLEMS

The number of young people admitted to hospital in Norfolk with asthma is on the rise.

Latest figures to March show that 335 youngsters under 19 received hospital care…….a rate per 100,000 children of 187, up from 155 five years earlier.  The Asthma UK charity says the figure is ‘distressing’ and shows the lack of care about the condition.

ORGANISERS MULL OVER GIG IN THE PARK EVENT

A final decision is expected soon on whether there’ll be another Gig In The Park in Diss next summer.

Organisers are considering the town council’s decision to charge a fee of £2,500 for using the town’s park again next year.  The event made a loss in its first year last July, because of bad weather.

COUNCIL LEADER DECISION  TO WAIT

Diss town councillors have delayed a decision on choosing a new council leader until their next meeting in January.

It’s likely now that a deputy Mayor will be selected on a temporary basis until May, when a new Mayor is due to be elected.

IPSWICH LOSE THE BLUES !

Football…and Ipswich Town have finally got a much-needed first victory under manager Paul Lambert.  Town had to fight hard, but they managed to end a run of defeats with a 1-0 home win against Wigan. They’re now four points behind next-to-bottom Bolton.

Norwich City dropped off the top spot after being held to a 2-2 draw at Bristol City. City are now one point behind Leeds, the new leaders.

HARLESTON’S LEAD IS PULLED BACK

Football…and Harleston have had their lead at the top of the table cut to seven points, after picking up a 1-all draw at well-placed Lakenheath.

There was also a draw for Diss Town, who ended a run of six defeats with a goalless game at home to Cornard, though they came close several times in the second-half to scoring.

In rugby, there was another defeat for Diss. They struggled away against the strong North Walsham outfit, who crushed the visitors 67-nil.

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