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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 24/05/2019

Written by on 24 May, 2019

WRANGLE OVER SIGNS HOLDS UP RESTAURANT PLANS

It’s reported that a McDonald’s restaurant planned for a new service area at Stuston may be in doubt, because of a battle over signs.

It seems that there are problems over the company’s plans for three illuminated signs, attached to a 12-metre post on the service area, at Stuston.  Several nearby parish councils have complained about the signs, which would be at a different location than originally agreed, at the junction of the A140 and A143.

The Diss Express also reports that there may be issues with the power supply to the site, as well.
The service area opened to the public earlier this week, but there’s no sign of any start to building work on the restaurant.

ESTATE WITH OLD MANOR HOUSE GOES ON SALE

A medieval manor house near Diss, dating back to the 15th century, has gone on sale.

The Grade 2 listed principal building, thought to be one of the oldest in Suffolk, is included in the sale of the Monks Hall estate at Syleham.  The main hall, lodge and farmstead are on the market at 1.375 million pounds, with 800 acres of farmland and farm buildings on sale separately.

COUNCIL IS LOOKING AT FURTHER CUTS TO SERVICES

Norfolk county council is preparing to make further major cuts in spending, if a bid for more Government funds fails.

The council has already prepared a list of reductions in services, expected to save about £40 million in 2020-21.  Worst hit if the savings go ahead will be adult services, child services and community services.

The Conservative-controlled council is hoping that an appeal for more financial support from Westminster will reduce the need for the cuts.

Meanwhile, a decision to close many of the children’s centres in the county, including Harleston, will mean a loss of around 60 jobs.  The council is to pay about £5 million to a charity to provide a new more community-based early childhood and family service, based in village halls, libraries and homes.

SECOND ARREST FOR MAN AFTER CANNABIS FIND

A 54 year old man, questioned over a suspected assault near Finningham, has also been arrested after the discovery of a cannabis farm.

The man has been released, pending further enquiries, on suspicion of cultivating cannabis at a property in Finningham.  A 30-year-old man was found with head injuries on a roadside between Rickinghall and Finningham earlier this month.

CAP GOES BACK ON THE ROOF OF HISTORIC MILL

An iconic landmark in Norfolk has been restored almost back to its former state.

Billingford Mill now has its newly-restored wooden cap back in place, as part of a renovation project costing £150,000.  Work is now continuing on restoring the mill’s sails.

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