LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 24/5/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 24 May, 2018
STORE TO CLOSE AFTER 275 YEARS SERVING HARLESTON
A long-established family store in Harleston is to close down later this year.
The business, G. Denny and Sons plans to close its ironmongers’ shop in The Thoroughfare this summer.
It’s been connected with the town for more than 275 years.
The business will now be phased out over coming weeks and the premises put up for sale.
Company director Charles Adkins says that it’s been decided that trading is not possible in the long term, due to the overall difficult trading conditions while the building also needs refurbishing to bring it up to modern standards.
TWELVE-HUNDRED SIGN TOILET PETITION
More than 12 hundred people have signed a petition calling for a change of mind on plans to knock down the public toilets near the Mere in Diss.
It’s now been handed in to Diss town council and South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon.
A number of businesses have also signed the petition which asks the town council to reconsider its decision not to take over maintenance of the block from South Norfolk council before a replacement is built.
The district council plans to demolish the building at Mere’s Mouth later this year, as the structure is said to be unsound.
IMPROVEMENTS TO 101 NON-EMERGENCY SERVICE
A new digital system has been introduced by Suffolk police to improve the 101 telephone service.
The updated system, seen as a major investment by the county’s force, will allow control-room staff to identify and prioritise the most urgent calls.
The 101 service in Suffolk receives hundreds of calls a day and police say they have listened to comments and concerns of local people in setting up the new system.
MEETING TO DECIDE NEW LEADER FOR NORFOLK
A new leader of Norfolk County Council will be decided next week.
A special meeting has been arranged for the vote following the resignation of controlling Conservative group leader Cliff Jordan for health reasons.
ANOTHER WARM BANK HOLIDAY EXPECTED
A mainly warm bank holiday weekend is expected by the weathermen in Norfolk and Suffolk but there could be some rain or showers as well.
There’s a risk of thunderstorms in places on Sunday and the bank holiday Monday will be mainly cloudy and fairly humid with thunderstorms again likely and temperatures in the low to mid 20s.