LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 20/4/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 20 April, 2018
MERE TOILET BLOCK TO CLOSE
One of the main tourist attractions in Diss is to lose its public toilets.
The toilet block next to the Mere is set to be knocked down after Diss town councillors decided against taking over responsibility for the building.
However, the council is set to ask current owners, South Norfolk council not to demolish it until after the tourist season in the autumn.
An investigation has shown that the building is in a poor state and would be costly to repair or rebuild.
And the town council has also just agreed to take over some street lighting in Diss which will mean extra cost on its budget.
LOCAL SOLDIER TO BE MADE HONORARY FREEMAN
A soldier from Scole is set to be the first individual to be made an honorary freeman of Diss.
Sergeant Duncan Slater will be presented with the special award at the annual town meeting on May 1st.
A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, he lost both legs when his armoured vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb while in Helmand Province.
Since then, he’s completed marathons, become the first double amputee to reach the South Pole and is an ambassador for the Walking With The Wounded charity, which helps veterans to re-integrate into society.
The award was previously given to the Royal Anglian Regiment in 2012 for its close ties with the town.
REDEVELOPMENT OF LEISURE CENTRE UNDERWAY
Work on the £2 million re-development of Long Stratton Leisure centre is well underway and after a two-day closure, to move equipment, the centre is now open as usual.
Long Stratton is set to grow with 1,800 new homes and the council has decided to invest in the leisure centre to make sure that it fits the needs of the area.
The new-look centre will be ready by January.
It will include a new first floor extension, new changing facilities, two studios, an exclusive fitness suite, a café and a large soft play area.
In 2015, the Council invested £4million in the leisure centre at Wymondham which has more than doubled its membership, since then.
DISRUPTION TO RAIL SERVICES
It’s been a day of disruption on the main railway line between London and Norwich, and the problems are expected to continue until the end of the day.
The delays are due to faulty track between Colchester and Marks Tey and there’s also a signalling fault between Diss and Norwich causing trains to run at reduced speed.
NEW SCHOOL FOR DISS?
A new school is being considered for Diss if the area’s population continues to grow.
Work has just started on a £5 million scheme to expand Roydon primary school which will double the intake to over 400 from summer 2019.
However, a long term solution is being considered with South Norfolk council to allocate a new school site if more housing goes ahead in Diss and Roydon.
This would put significant pressure on school places, especially as Diss junior school has been found to be ‘not suitable’ for expansion.
ROYAL NORFOLK SHOW RED INK DUE TO BAD WEATHER
Organisers of the Royal Norfolk Show say that the bad weather during last year’s event reduced attendances causing a loss of £130,000.
The heavy rain over the two days of the show saw crowd numbers down to 73,000 about 7,000 less than the expected number providing less income from ticket sales and car parking.
However, overall cost savings and a big increase in revenue from other events at the Showground reduced the loss to just £28,000 for the year.
Finance director of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, Grant Pilcher says the deficit was entirely due to the very disappointing attendance figures but the association remains financially viable.
WARMEST APRIL DAY FOR 70 YEARS
Yesterday was the warmest day of the year so far in Norfolk and Suffolk and in fact, the warmest April day for 70 years.
It was also the warmest day since July last year with temperatures going well into the 80s fahrenheit up to 27 or 28 degrees centigrade.
The warm weather is expected to stay until Sunday but with temperatures not getting as high as yesterday’s heatwave.
Football…and Norwich City’s James Maddison has been included in the P.F.A Championship team of the year.
He’s the only player from a local club to make the team that includes three players from champions Wolves