LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 26/7/2018
Written by Mike Stewart on 27 July, 2018
SOUTH NORFOLK AGREES TO FOOT THE BILL
South Norfolk council says that it’s stepped in to save the Mere’s Mouth toilets from demolition.
It looks certain that the town centre toilets will not be demolished after September, as the council has now agreed to pay for refurbishing the block.
A South Norfolk spokesman says they’ve listened to local people who were calling for the toilets to be kept open and will now consider the best way forward in the next few weeks.
The decision has been welcomed by Diss town council, who also wanted to keep the toilets open, but had voted to demolish the building earlier this year, after hearing that costly under-pinning work may be necessary.
South Norfolk says it still expects the town council to take over the running of the toilets in due course, as well as operate all-day opening of the Corn Hall toilets …..and provide a full tourist information service there, as previously agreed.
However, it seems that the problem of likely work to under-pin the toilets building, as recommended in two structural reports, has still to be resolved.
FIRE CREWS EXHAUSTED BY FIELD BLAZES
Norfolk fire service says its crews are feeling exhausted after a spate of field fires because of the dry weather.
The brigade says it has handled nearly 500 emergency calls over the last few days….including one to deal with straw bales on fire at Thrandeston last night.
It seems, though, that some rain is finally on its way to Norfolk and Suffolk.
Thundery showers are now possible in this area from tomorrow afternoon, but most likely in late evening and overnight into Saturday morning.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning of thunderstorms for tomorrow when the temperature is set to hit 35 degrees.There may even be some thundery showers later today.
MP AGAINST PLANS FOR BIG NEW DEVELOPMENT
Central Suffolk MP Dan Poulter has come out against plans to build 300 new homes on the outskirts of Debenham.
He says he supports people in the town campaigning against the development in Gracechurch Street.
He’s also suggested that builders should follow the draft Neighbourhood Plan which shows three smaller sites suitable for new homes.
HERITAGE TRIANGLE STORE TO CLOSE
A specialist food store in the Heritage Triangle at Diss is to close its doors.
The Gluten Free shop opened in Cobbs Yard two years ago, but will close down at the end of the month. It’s said to be due to various factors.
The shop says some stock is being sold off at cost price and all pre-booked orders will still be baked, until the last day next Tuesday.
PARK GETTING READY FOR BIG GIG
Work is underway to set up for this weekend’s big music event in the park at Diss.
Gig in The Park will launch for the first time on Friday evening.
NEW DEAL FOR YOUNGSTER
Football.. promising Norwich City youngster Ben Godfrey has signed an extension to his contract.
The new deal will keep him at Carrow Road until 2022.