LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 20/2/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 20 February, 2018
ROYDON TO REMAIN AS SINGLE VILLAGE
Villagers in Roydon are celebrating confirmation that they’ve won their fight to prevent the village being split up.
South Norfolk Council have now decided against a proposal to move nearly half of Roydon’s homes over the border into Diss.
The Roydon community action group has led a six-month campaign against the boundary review proposal.
Group spokesman Peter Knights says they are celebrating the final ‘tick in the box’ to ensure that their village remains whole.
DISS & DISTRICT ACTION PLAN DRAWN UP
A major action plan has been drawn up to boost future growth in the Diss area.
The Diss & district Neighbourhood Plan has been put together by the town council in partnership with six adjacent parishes: Burston, Brome, Stuston, Palgrave, Roydon and Scole.
It’s seen as a move to encourage investment and growth locally with a vision of a vibrant community centred around a thriving market town.
A booklet about the plan is being delivered around the area and an open meeting is planned for next month to hear views and ideas from local businesses and other people.
MURDER TRIAL BEGINS
The trial has started of a Norwich man accused of killing an elderly dog-walker from Banham.
83 year old Peter Wrighton was found with multiple stab wounds in woodland at East Harling last August.
The jury’s been sworn in at the trial at Nottingham crown court of 24 year old Alexander Palmer…who denies murder.
NEW CHARGE FOR D-I-Y WASTE IN NORFOLK
A charge is being introduced to dispose of do-it-yourself waste….at local recycling centres in Norfolk.
The county council is to bring in the fees from April….in the hope of saving over a quarter of a million pounds annually.
Currently it’s possible to leave up to 80 litres of home improvement waste for free.
DISS VETERINARY GROUP PLANS MAJOR EXPANSION
A leading veterinary services group based in Diss plans to spend £40 million on a major expansion.
The CVS group is looking to spend the money on a series of deals to buy vet and equine practices both in the UK and the Netherlands.
The announcement comes after the company raised £60 million on a share placing and recently reported a big increase in turnover.
CVS, based in Owen Road, is seen as the leading provider of integrated veterinary services in the country with over 450 surgeries.
ABATTOIR FORCED TO SUSPEND OPERATIONS
An abattoir in Banham has had to suspend its operations over concern for the welfare of animals.
The Food Standards Agency stepped in following undercover filming by an animal sanctuary at the Simply Halal abbatoir.
The Diss Mercury says that the FSA regards several people seen in the footage as not competent to handle animals.
BURGLARY AT HOTEL AND PUB HIT BY FIRE
A burglary has taken place at the Norfolk hotel and pub devastated by a fire last week.
The badly damaged building was broken into on Sunday night; a few soft and alcoholic drinks and a television were stolen.
Football…and Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy has apologised after appearing to swear at Town supporters during Sunday’s East Anglian derby match.
He was caught on television while reacting to Ipswich opening the scoring against Norwich.