LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 22/01/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 22 January, 2019
EMERGENCY PLAN SET UP FOR TRAINS IN EXTREME WEATHER
A special emergency plan has been drawn up to help train services in Norfolk and Suffolk deal with severe weather.
The plan follows last year’s long spell of extreme winter weather caused by ‘the beast from the east.’ It’s been produced by Greater Anglia with Network Rail, in the event of heavy snow, high winds and flooding, as well as high temperatures in summer.
The plan includes earlier notice of cancellations to passengers, using office staff for extra help at stations, and splitting the company’s network into three separate areas. Over a thousand train services were cancelled by Greater Anglia in late February and early March last year
MORE PROTESTS AS COUNCILLORS MEET TO DISCUSS CENTRE CLOSURES
A group of protestors have been on hand, as Norfolk county councillors started today’s meeting to confirm plans to close children’s centres around the county.
The campaigners have called on councillors to re-think proposals to close 38 of the 57 centres. The Harleston centre in School Lane is due to be closed, but those in Diss, at the Infant and Nursery School, and Long Stratton are expected to be retained. More than 1,600 replies to a public consultation also urged changing the proposal.
ELECTRIC CHARGING POINTS TO GO IN SOON
Electric charging points will be installed at car parks in Diss and Harleston shortly.
Charging stations are now in operation at Long Stratton and will be switched on at Harleston, Diss and Loddon by the end of the month.
South Norfolk Council is behind the project, which will offer free charging until March 31st. A pay-as-you-go system will be introduced after that, with a lower price for overnight charging.
INQUEST HEARS SOLDIER DIED IN PARACHUTE JUMP ACCIDENT
An inquest has heard that a soldier from Gislingham died in an accident, while parachuting from a mountain in Switzerland.
A father of two, 38 year old Adam Roots, of Hillcrest, died from multiple injuries last July, when his parachute failed to open properly. It was heard that Mr Roots, a parachute instructor, had bought and packed the parachute himself and there was no problem with weather.
He was experienced at the sport of base-jumping and had made over 40 jumps previously.
FIRE FIGHTERS TACKLE ROOF BLAZE IN RURAL HOME
Fire crews from around the area have been called out to tackle a serious fire at Wortham.
Seven crews managed to contain the blaze to the roof of the two-storey property in Magpie Green in a rural area between Palgrave and Botesdale. It’s thought to have been started by heat from the flue of a wood-burning stove.
MEETING DISCUSSES WAY FORWARD AGAINST BUILD PLANS
A special open meeting has taken place over concerns about the future of the Parish
Fields area of Diss.
The meeting was held to discuss a controversial proposal by developers to build over 20 retirement bungalows on the green-field site, near the town centre. Local conservationist Tim Holt-Wilson says the meeting would give local people a chance to review the best way to prevent the plan going forward .
DISS TAKE ON DEREHAM IN SEMI-FINAL BID
It’s a big night ahead for Diss Town. They’re at home to Dereham in the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Senior Cup.
The visitors are in a higher league, but are currently bottom of the table, while Diss go into the match, after three straight league wins. Kick off is 7.45