LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 18/5/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 18 May, 2018
PETITION TO SAVE PUBLIC TOILETS
A petition has been started to save the public toilets near the Mere in Diss.
Nearly a thousand people have signed the petition including about 40 businesses in the town after just a few days.
The petition calls on the town and district councils to re-consider plans to demolish the block at Mere’s Mouth because it’s unsound structurally.
It’s being organised by shop owner Birgitte Mager who is concerned that public toilets should be retained near the main shopping area.
She plans to present the petition to South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon.
The town council is currently looking at various options, after deciding last month not to take over maintenance of the building from South Norfolk council.
COUNCIL LEADER STEPS DOWN
Norfolk county council leader Cliff Jordan has stepped down after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
He’s also resigned with immediate effect as a councillor after nearly 17 years on the council.
600 DRIVERS STOPPED FOR SPEEDING
A recent day of action against speeding on Norfolk’s roads resulted in more than 600 drivers being stopped.
The drivers will be sent a warning letter and those caught driving well above the speed limit will be visited by a police officer.
And a motorist, thought to be from Suffolk, has been arrested in Diss for a number of driving offences.
The incident happened last night after he was stopped near Morrison’s supermarket in the town centre.
A breath test showed he was well over the limit and he was also found to be driving while disqualified and having no insurance.
NEW HOMES IN NEW BUCKENHAM HIT WITH GRAFFITI
Police are looking for vandals who’ve sprayed graffiti on two new-build houses in New Buckenham.
Work is being completed on the four-bedroom homes which are still up for sale.
It’s thought that the paint was sprayed across windows, walls and garage doors overnight.
The houses have been built on the site of the former Castle Hill garage.
DISS AND DISTRICT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN BUSINESS SUMMIT
A business summit meeting on the Diss and district Neighbourhood Plan will take place later today.
South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon will chair the meeting for local businesses and commercial organisations.
The important meeting, to discuss and get views on proposals for the development of the Diss area, was originally cancelled during the bad weather in March.
HARLESTON WOMAN TO ATTEND ROYAL WEDDING
A Harleston woman is preparing for her big day when she joins in the celebrations for the Royal Wedding at Windsor Castle tomorrow.
Alburgh farmer Helen Reeve is one of six representatives from Norfolk, invited by the county’s Lord Lieutenant, to join more than a thousand people from around the UK in the grounds of the castle.
She will be there to see the bride and groom arrive at St George’s Chapel and then afterwards, leave on their carriage procession through Windsor.
36 year old Helen is actively involved in the local farming community.
PROPOSAL TO AXE NORWICH TO LIVERPOOL LIME STREET DIRECT TRAINS
Norfolk transport councillors have warned that any future change to the direct train service between Norwich and Liverpool could affect the county’s economy.
The future of the East Midlands rail franchise is now being considered by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and one proposal could see the service switched to another franchise, causing a split of services in Sheffield or Nottingham.
The county council has told the Minister that the service is well used by business and leisure travellers and students and withdrawing it would risk hurting Norfolk’s growth potential.