LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 19/4/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 19 April, 2018
TOWN COUNCIL TO TAKE OVER STREET LIGHTING
Diss town council has agreed to take on responsibility for many of the street lamps in the town.
Councillors have decided to take over ownership and maintenance of the lighting from South Norfolk Council.
And they say they want to save some of the lamps which the district council had deemed as ‘not needed’ for the benefit of the town.
About 220 lights are involved with South Norfolk looking to scrap nearly 80 and some nearing the end of operational life.
But the town council has now decided it wants to keep at least around 30 of those lamps working.
The decision followed months of discussion and deliberation because of the costs involved.
ROYDON SCHOOL EXPANSION UNDERWAY
A multi-million pound scheme to expand Roydon’s primary school has got underway.
Building work has started at the site to nearly double the size of the school intake to over 400.
The work, costing five and a half million pounds, includes refurbishing the current building which dates back to the 1880s as well as replacing four mobile classrooms.
The scheme will also provide a new main hall, offices, toilets, kitchen and more car parking…and is expected to be completed in about a year.
HUNDREDS OF NEW HOMES FOR HALESWORTH
200 new homes are now set to be built in Halesworth despite strong opposition from people in the town.
The homes are to be built on land near Chediston Street which has recently been included in the final draft of the local plan.
The town council has come out against the new homes and more than 30 people living near the site have sent in objections.
But the development has now been given the go-ahead by Waveney planning councillors after planning officers recommended approval.
CHURCH RESTORATION NEARLY COMPLETE
A church near Diss is planning a series of events over the next few months to mark the end of a major restoration project.
The events are planned to promote St Mary’s church’s in Gissing and encourage visitors to see the building’s unique interior.
Months of work is nearly complete on carrying out much-needed repairs to the church’s roof after a grant of over £200,000 was received from the Heritage Lottery fund in 2016.
ARTS CENTRE LOOKING FOR PUBLIC INPUT
A community arts centre in Eye is looking for ideas and views from people in the town about its future.
The Bank on Castle Street has been turned around. after four new directors stepped in last year, after the community group got into financial difficulties.
The venue continues to organise music events, but is also now widening its appeal with other activities such as exhibitions, music classes and art and crafts.
RECORD-SETTING TEMPERATURES EXPECTED
Today is forecast to be the warmest day of the year so far with temperatures expected to get up to around 26 degrees in Norfolk and Suffolk.
That’s likely to mean a higher temperature than most of the Mediterranean with the warmer weather continuing until Sunday.