LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 19/12/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 19 December, 2018
EXTRA OFFICERS TO IMPROVE POLICING BUT IT WILL MEAN COUNCIL TAX RISE
Norfolk’s Chief Constable Simon Bailey says he’s now able to put extra officers into communities to improve policing around the county.
It’s the result of his decision to scrap community support officers and re-invest in more warranted officers. He says the force is now able to deal more pro-actively with any urgent problems in communities, and provide more of a presence.
However, Mr Bailey’s also warned that more police on the streets will require an increase in council tax, which he says he will be pushing for.
PUB/RESTAURANT OPENING WILL MEAN 60 NEW JOBS
The new branch of the Wetherspoon’s chain, due to open in Diss next autumn, is set to provide tens of jobs.
The company has indicated that it will be looking for up to 60 staff for the pub and restaurant, to be built near the Mere. Work on the building is expected to start in March, with the business opening in September.
PUB CHAIN TO TALK TO PLANNERS OVER HOTEL & SHOPS PROPOSAL
New talks are set to take place between the Marston’s brewery chain and South Norfolk planners on a proposed new hotel and shops in Diss town centre.
The company wants to build the project in Park Road, but Diss town council has again
recently re-stated its opposition to the plans, because of the size of the development.
TWO ARRESTED OVER BIKE THEFT
Police in Diss have arrested two people, after a motorbike was stolen in the town.
A man and a woman were taken in for questioning, following the theft of the bike in Vikings Close earlier this week. The two were still in custody earlier today.
ACCIDENT BLACK-SPOT IMPROVEMENTS WILL COST MILLIONS
A decision is expected early next year on building three new roundabouts on the A140, near the Norfolk-Suffolk border.
Work is likely to start quickly on all of the improvements at accident black-spots, after planning approval.
Suffolk’s project, costing over £5 million, will provide two roundabouts and a link road near the airfield at Eye. While in Norfolk, £4 million has been allocated for a roundabout at the B1527 junction near Hempnall.
TOWN SEARCH FOR NEW TEAM BOSS
Diss Town football club is looking to appoint a new manager as soon as possible, after the resignation of Jason Cook, who spent nearly 18 months in charge.
The team is currently third from bottom in the Thurlow Nunn first division north, after a difficult season. The club was due to discuss the situation at a meeting last night.