LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 21/6/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 22 June, 2018
TOWN COUNCIL READY FOR ITS RESPONSIBILITIES
Diss Town Council says it is happy to fulfil its obligations to take on responsibility for the Mere Mouth’s toilets in the town centre.
However, a statement on the controversy issued after a full council meeting says South Norfolk council also has to fulfil its obligations under the same agreement. The statement says that the town council fully intends to face up to its responsibilities on the issue…. and is ready to meet South Norfolk councillors to clear up any confusion.
The town council says it is not right to put the burden of future maintenance costs of the building on Diss taxpayers, especially when two surveys have shown that the £80,000, offered by South Norfolk for re-furbishment, was insufficient to rectify the identified structural problems.
The council also says that a large grant for the Heritage Triangle was only intended for that project…..including a tourist office and public toilets in the Corn Hall.
FREE SCHOOL TRANSPORT CUTS FACE CHALLENGE
A decision to bring in cuts to free school transport in Suffolk from next year is facing a challenge.
Opposition councillors have banded together to ‘call in’ the cuts, which are due to be phased in by the county council from September next year. They say that the changes are based on inaccurate and incomplete information with many children likely to be badly affected, especially in rural areas.
The move by those councillors means that the council’s monitoring officer will have to review and confirm that the cost-saving decision by the Conservative cabinet was fair and justified.
Meanwhile, Suffolk council has set up a review board to look at the way it maintains the county’s roads. It’s hoped to find ideas to improve maintenance and make the highways budget go further.
THIRD YEAR FOR CYCLATHON
The Diss Cyclathon is back for its third year this weekend.
This year’s event will start with the Nine Towns Sportive early on Sunday morning, allowing cyclists to tackle 25, 50 or 100-mile routes, starting and finishing at Diss Park.
There will also be more family-friendly outings, with five, 10 and 15-mile rides, departing from Fair Green.
The afternoon sees various events in Diss Park, including live music and children’s activities.
SCHOOL GETS A NEW NAME
An independent school at Quidenham is to be re-named, after being taken over.
New Eccles Hall school, for children with language and communication difficulties, is to be called the Aurora Eccles School. The new owners, the Aurora group in Wiltshire also has plans to develop the school, which was bought earlier this year.
LOCAL ‘DERBY’ MATCH SET FOR SEPTEMBER
New Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst says he’s looking forward to an early meeting with Norwich City in the forthcoming season.
The game takes place at Portman Road on September 1st….and Hurst says he’s hoping to improve Town’s recent record in the derby matches…. at the first attempt.
Ipswich will kick off the new Championship season on August 4th at home to Blackburn Rovers……while Norwich will travel to Birmingham City. The first home game at Carrow Road will be on the 11th against West Bromwich Albion, while Town are away at Rotherham.