LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 30/01/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 30 January, 2019
HOTEL PLAN FOR DISS TURNED DOWN AGAIN
South Norfolk planners have again rejected plans to build a hotel and shops in Diss town centre.
Councillors have decided to throw out the application from the Marston’s brewery group, which has wanted for some years to build a hotel on a site in Park Road, near its Thatcher’s Needle pub.
Refusal for its latest plan for a 27-bedroom hotel and three retail units was unanimous.
The proposal has produced strong criticism in Diss, including from the town council and some traders. It’s felt the development would damage current businesses in the town and the setting of the conservation area.
ANOTHER WARNING OF SNOW ON THE WAY
There’s another warning of likely snow for the Waveney Valley area.
Weather forecasters say that light snow is expected locally from tomorrow night continuing into early morning on Friday. Temperatures will stay around freezing overnight.
WOMAN HURT IN COLLISION ON EYE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
A woman has been badly hurt in a road accident on the Eye industrial estate.
The air ambulance was called out after a collision between a car and a lorry on Potash Lane. The woman was trapped in her vehicle outside Michael’s Mowers and had to be freed from the wreckage by fire crews.
She was taken to hospital in Norwich by helicopter. The road was closed by police at the junction of the B1077.
TOWN CENTRE STREET MAY BE FULLY PEDESTRIANISED
Diss town councillors are looking at a plan to fully pedestrianise a busy town-centre street.
The length of Mere Street currently open to traffic, between Victoria Road and Chapel Street, would be closed with a barrier, from 9am to 6pm.
It’s thought that the idea, which has police support, would increase safety, stop speeding and drivers using the street as a rat-run, and increase pedestrian footfall for businesses.
POLICEMAN MAKES A VICTIM STATEMENT TO COURT AFTER BEING ASSAULTED
A Diss policeman has told magistrates that he didn’t accept that part of his job should include being assaulted.
Sgt James Butler made a victim statement to the court, saying that he realised his job might put him in harm’s way, but he went to work to help people.
He was assaulted on Christmas Eve, along with another officer, after finding 25 year-old Nicholas Garnham unresponsive in a doorway in Victoria Road. Garnham, of Market Hill in Diss, admitted two assault charges and being drunk and disorderly.
He was fined £400 with compensation to the officers of £250, plus costs and a victim surcharge of £105.
DISS MAN ADMITS BITING MOTHER AND A POLICEMAN ON CHRISTMAS DAY
A Diss man has been in court for biting his mother and a policeman during an abusive incident on Christmas Day.
22 year old Jake Harrison, of Ladbroke Grove, admitted two assault charges and racially aggravated harassment.
He was given a one-year community order, with 50 hours unpaid work and 20 days’ rehabilitation work. He was also given a fine, with compensation and other costs, totalling £235
MOVE TO CLEAR PIGEONS FROM THE CENTRE OF DISS
Diss councillors will look at a proposal to bring in hawks to rid the town centre of pigeons and the bird-mess on some of its streets.
They’ll consider an offer to fly the hawks to discourage pigeons from roosting, especially in the area close to The Mere. It’s an idea which has been successful elsewhere, including London.