LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 24/06/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 25 June, 2019
CONCERN AT DECISION TO CUT FIRE ENGINE AT DISS
There’s concern at a decision to replace one of four traditional fire engines at Diss with a 4-by-4 vehicle.
It’s part of a cost-cutting move being brought in by the Norfolk brigade at fire stations across the county. Diss town council is now taking a look at the decision, as it was not aware of the change.
The fire service says the new 4 by 4s will be more manoeuvrable than the larger six-wheel vehicles, but will not be used as a front-line firefighting appliance.
A recent Government report has said the Norfolk service has based their planning in recent years on cost factors, rather than risk and demand.
COUNCIL MAY APPROVE NEW HOMES OVERLOOKING THE MERE
A plan to build new homes near the Mere in Diss is facing more criticism.
South Norfolk planning officials are now recommending approval for a re-submitted smaller development for three houses, instead of an apartment block. However, the town’s Heritage Triangle Trust says the decision is ” very disappointing”, especially in view of many objections to the plan, including the town council.
The trust says the buildings will overlook the wildlife garden and decking, in an area already designated as ‘local open space’.
POLICE FIND CANNABIS AT WORTHAM HOME
A court’s heard how police found nearly 30 cannabis plants, worth over £5,000, when they searched a house at Wortham.
The mature plants were discovered, along with bags of cannabis and over £4,500 in cash at the house in The Marsh, last February.
48 year old Kelley Hill has been jailed for two years, after admitting producing and possessing the drug, with intent to supply. His solicitor said Hill had taken to drinking and cannabis, after the end of his marriage.
CYCLE EVENT TO RAISE RECORD FUNDS
It’s hoped that this year’s Diss Cyclathon will raise a record amount in charity funds.
The event was held for the fourth year yesterday with over a thousand people taking part.