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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 22/03/2019

Written by on 22 March, 2019

THOUSANDS SIGN PETITION TO SAVE HOSPITAL

Over 3,000 people have now signed a petition, calling for All Hallows hospital in Ditchingham to be saved.

The petition was only launched yesterday with a target of 5,000 signatures.  The 30-bed hospital, and a nursing home at Bungay, look set to close, unless a new trust can be found to take them over.

They’re currently run by a charity, the All Hallows healthcare trust, which is in financial trouble, with 280 jobs at risk.  South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon says that he’s hopeful that new operators can be found.

TOWN TAKES OVER TOILETS TO ENSURE THEY STAY OPEN

Diss town council has agreed to take over the running of the Mere’s Mouth toilets from next month.

The decision to take over responsibility from South Norfolk council will mean that the town centre toilet block stays open.  The council unanimously approved a revised agreement to renovate the building, after months of discussions with South Norfolk.

Refurbishment work is expected to start shortly, and then ownership will be transferred to the town council.  Town Mayor Trevor Wenman says that the best deal had been reached with South Norfolk to ensure that the building would be in as good a condition as possible.

COURT ORDER TO MOVE TRAVELLERS OFF LAND 

A small group of travellers has been moved on from land at Yaxley.

The travellers had been on the site of a disused road for over three months, on the outskirts of the village.  Magistrates have now approved a request from Suffolk county council to evict the group of caravans and vehicles.  They’ve been offered a temporary authorised site until a permanent place for them is agreed.

NEW LIGHTING PROMISED AS PART OF MAINTENANCE DEAL

Diss councillors have approved a deal which will mean many street lamps in the town being replaced with more modern lighting.

They’ve agreed that Suffolk county council should maintain the 200 or so street lamps which the town council has recently taken over from South Norfolk.  The old lamps will eventually be replaced by energy-efficient LED lighting.

HARLESTON CAN MOVE CLOSER TO CHAMPIONSHIP

Harleston Town can take a big step towards taking the Thurlow Nunn first division north title this weekend.  They’re at home to mid table Debenham tomorrow …..and a win would at least maintain their seven-point lead at the top of the table, with only a few games left to play.

Diss Town are also at home. They meet bottom-three side Needham Market reserves, after drawing their last two matches.

In rugby, Diss first team face mid-table Priorians at home.  The visitors from Greenford in London are expected to be tough opposition for a developing Diss side, which, however, can take some confidence from a strong showing in their last home match.  Kick-off is 2.30.

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