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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 28/10/2019

Written by on 29 October, 2019

TRAIN STATION SITE TO BE USED FOR NEW HOMES

The site of Harleston’s old railway station looks set to be used for homes.

Plans have been submitted to build 40 new homes on the disused three-acre site on Station Hill.  It’s proposed to retain and enhance the Grade-2 listed 160-year-old former station building, as part of the development.

The site has lain empty for about five years, after previously being used as a storage yard by a construction company.

NUMBER OF FATAL ROAD ACCIDENTS GOES DOWN

The number of fatal accidents on roads in Norfolk has fallen for the first time in ten years.

There was a total of 27 fatal crashes in the county last year, one fewer than the year before, but much lower than the 49 recorded in 2009.  However, the number of serious accidents is increasing year on year. There were 383 in 2018, that’s 32 more than in the previous year.

The most dangerous main road last year was the A47, with the A140 and A149 also accident-prone.

FLU CAMPAIGN TO START IN SCHOOLS

Winter flu vaccinations for primary school children will start from this week.

The move comes despite national shortages causing some sessions to be cancelled.  This year’s campaign is the biggest ever, with children aged 10 and 11 being offered the nasal flu vaccinations for the first time.

FORMER TORY BUILDING SET TO BECOME A HOME

It’s planned to convert the former South Norfolk Conservative party headquarters in Diss into a home.

The three-storey 1960s building, overlooking the Mere, in Denmark Street was sold at auction earlier this year.  It’s currently used by Grasmere Social Club, but the lease is due to run out in December next year.

BLUES GO BACK TO THE TOP

Ipswich Town went back to the top of League One, following a 3-1 away win at lowly Southend.  Town have the same number of points as second-placed Wycombe, with a game in hand.

It was another bad weekend for Norwich City, after a 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United.  Goalkeeper Tim Krul also saved two penalties as City stay next to bottom in the Premiership, after gaining only one point from the last five matches.

TOWN LOSE OUT IN SEVEN-GOAL BATTLE

Diss Town came close to improving on their recent poor run, but ended losing their away game at March Town 4-3.  The Tangerines have now picked up only one point from their last five matches, and have slipped to seventh.

In the Anglian Combination Premier, Harleston returned to the top spot. Lawrence Cheese scored a hat-trick in a 6-nil thrashing of bottom team St Andrews.  Scole United picked up valuable points with a 2-nil home victory over mid-table Long Stratton.

In rugby, Diss firsts are in third place in the London North East 2 table, thanks to a fine away win at Romford 22 points to 15.

GOOD WEEKEND FOR RENVALE

It was a good weekend for motorsport electronics company, Renvale, based at Brome near Eye.

They entered two cars in a 24-hour race for Citroens at Spa in Belgium, finishing 4th and 8th in their class and 19th and 28th overall, out of 147 starters.

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