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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 29/04/2019

Written by on 29 April, 2019

CALL FOR NEW STRATEGY TO BOOST THE RURAL ECONOMY

A parliamentary report is calling for a new strategy to transform rural economies.

The House of Lords select committee says the government’s rural policy needs a major re-think to realise the full potential of the countryside and ensure that isolated communities are treated fairly.

The report says that rural economies are vibrant and growing fast, but have been under-rated and ignored by governments. This had led to short-falls in housing, transport, skills shortages and services.

CALL FOR COUNCILLORS TO COME FORWARD

Diss town council has put out a plea for more councillors.

The council is anxious to hear from people interested in local affairs and who want to make a difference in the community.  It’s made a call on its website for potential new councillors to come forward for nomination.

The council is having to co-opt new members after six councillors decided not to stand again for the coming year, leaving only seven – half of the usual number – to deal with business.

HOLIDAY LODGES PLAN FOR GARBOLDISHAM

Garboldisham could soon be the site for a development of holiday lodges.

A plan has been submitted for 25 high-quality single-storey lodges to be built on land on the outskirts of the village, in Hopton Road.  A cafe and shop is also planned with a reception building.

There are several redundant buildings currently on the site which is now grassland. Planning permission was approved for a wildlife park there over 20 years ago.

Meanwhile, an application has been made to build over 20 houses and bungalows on Bungay Road at
Hempnall.  The development is planned near The Willows, a Grade-2 listed timber-framed house, and a barn that is also of historical interest.

INQUEST ON ‘RECLUSE’ FOUND DEAD AT HIS HOME

An inquest has been held on a 66 year old Kenninghall man who was found dead at his home.

Police went to the home of Andrew Willis in Crown Hill, after a neighbour became concerned for his welfare.  Mr Willis was described as a recluse and had no known family.

No certain cause of death was recorded by the coroner, although a post mortem showed alcohol misuse and some cirrhosis of the liver.

THE CANARIES FLY BACK TO THE PREMIERSHIP
Norwich City are back in the top flight again after three years and just one point this coming weekend will confirm them as champions of the Championship.

There were scenes of wild celebration at Carrow Road, after the Canaries secured promotion to the Premiership, with a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Blackburn Rovers.

City manager Daniel Farke says the team had achieved “something remarkable”, as the club had been forced to sell important players, because of so much financial pressure at the start of the season.

A victory parade has been arranged for Bank Holiday Monday in the city.

……..BUT BRAVE BLUES TO FINISH BOTTOM OF THE TABLE

Ipswich Town will finish the season on the bottom of the table, despite a brave battle against second-placed Sheffield United.  Town lost 2-1 with the home side joining Norwich in the top division next season.

CUP TRIUMPH FOR HARLESTON BUT THEY MISS OUT ON LEAGUE TITLE  

It was an up-and-down weekend for Harleston Town, at the end of a very successful season.

They pulled off a great win in the final of the Thurlow Nunn First Division cup ….but then found themselves pipped at the post as division champions.

Town collected the knockout trophy by hammering Holland F.C. 6-0. Goals from Roberts, Borrer, Howell and Howard gave them a  4-0 lead by half-time. Two more from Betts followed after the break.

But then, after leading the league table for months, Harleston lost out on the Division One North title – by just a single point. They were overtaken by Swaffham Town, who finished as champions by winning their final game.

DISS END THE SEASON WITH A HOME DEFEAT

Diss Town ended their mixed season in 15th place with a strong home display against tough opposition. They just failed to hold fourth-placed March Town United, going down 2-1.

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