LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 07/02/2020
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 8 February, 2020
BEALES STORE SET TO STAY OPEN
It looks like the Beales department store in Diss has been saved from closure – for the time being, at least.
The Market Place store is not included in a list of 12 outlets, which will close in a few weeks after current stock is sold off.
The company’s administrators say there are no plans to close the other 11 Beales’ stores, including Diss and Beccles. They will continue to operate as usual, until the situation regarding a possible sale of the business is clarified.
WINDS WARNING FOR THE WEEKEND
Weather forecasters are warning of problems from this weekend, as Storm Ciara reaches Norfolk and Suffolk.
Very strong winds are expected from tomorrow night, with the worst on Sunday when gales of over 60 miles an hour, along with heavy rain, are forecast at times.
Travel is likely to be disrupted, especially train journeys. There’s concern about possible delays caused by damaged overhead power lines or trees falling on to tracks. Possible power cuts to homes and businesses are also likely with damage to buildings caused by the strongest winds for more than two years.
CHURCH GROUP OBJECTION
A church community group has objected to plans for a development of retirement homes in Harleston.
Hope Church is calling on the developers, McCarthy and Stone, to make room for a community centre to be built on the site in Mendham Lane. The church group had originally offered to buy the former Apollo Club building site, but were turned down by the local owners of the land.
POLICE CONFIRM CRASH DEATH
Police have confirmed that a man died in an accident on the A140 yesterday afternoon.
The main road was closed for hours, after a lorry overturned in a collision with a van at the junction with the A1120 at Little Stonham. The man who died was driving the van.
There’s no game for Norwich City this weekend, because of the Premiership’s new winter break……while Diss Town have had their Thurlow Nunn game called off tomorrow at King’s Lynn. Town continue to look for a new manager.
Ipswich Town will hope to get back into the League One promotion chase away at Sunderland, following two disappointing defeats against other top-six clubs. They’ll be without captain Luke Garbutt.
In the Anglian Combination Premier division, Harleston Town will hope to climb back into the top two, as they face seventh-placed Mattishall at home. Scole United face tough opposition with a home game against Beccles, currently fifth in the table.
In rugby…Diss firsts travel to Saffron Walden, following two close defeats against top teams in the London 2 North East division