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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 31/01/2019

Written by on 1 February, 2019

HOTEL PLAN FAILS TO GET PLANNING APPROVAL AGAIN

Plans to build a new hotel in Diss town centre have again failed to get off the ground.

South Norfolk planning councillors have unanimously decided to reject the latest application from the Marston’s brewery group.  The company applied to build a 27-bed hotel with three shops on a site in Park Road, near its Thatcher’s Needle pub.  It’s wanted to build on the site for some years.

The proposal though had been criticised by the town council and some traders.  It’s felt the development would damage both current businesses in the town and the setting of the conservation area.

NO END IN SIGHT TO TOWN CENTRE TRAFFIC CONGESTION

Results of a survey on traffic congestion in Diss town centre look likely to be released shortly.

The survey for a new improvement network strategy for the A1066 through the town was due to be finished by the end of last year.  A Norfolk County Council spokesman has said that the collection of data is complete and analysis is well underway.

Over £900,000 has been set aside for improvements to the busy Vinces Road junction with the main road and a new link road to the railway station via Nelson Road.  However, the schemes are still being planned a year after announcement, with traffic problems on the main road worsening.

SNOW LIKELY TO MISS THE AREA AGAIN

The possibility of heavy snow for the Waveney Valley area tonight has receded.

Weather forecasters say that there’s only a chance of light snow overnight and early morning, but temperatures will stay around freezing, though not as cold as last night.

WOMAN HURT IN COLLISION AT EYE

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 yesterday.  The woman was trapped in her vehicle and had to be freed from the wreckage by fire crews. She was taken to hospital in Norwich by helicopter.

GISSING PAIR ADMIT MISTREATING HORSE

Two people from Gissing have admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a horse.

Steven Peachey and Emma Benson, of Common Road, were charged with failing to look after the animal’s welfare and not addressing the filly’s underweight condition last year.  The two will be sentenced in April.

DIRECT BUS ROUTE SET FOR THE AXE

A bus company has decided to drop its service between Bungay and Norwich.

Konectbus plans to end the only through-service on the route at the end of March, also affecting Halesworth and Southwold.

TWO SIGNINGS ON TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY

Norwich City have signed another German defender on transfer deadline day.

Phil Heise has joined from German second division side, Dynamo Dresden on a three-and-a-half year deal.  A left-sided defender, he’s the eighth German player on the staff currently at Carrow Road.

Ipswich Town have added Aston Villa right-back James Bree on loan for the rest of the season. He’s the eighth player to be signed by manager Paul Lambert in the last month.

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