LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 31/05/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 31 May, 2019
PLAN PROPOSED TO REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN TOWN CENTRE
An initial plan of action is underway to try to ease major traffic congestion on the busy A1066 main road through Diss town centre.
Norfolk county council has put in an application to build a larger roundabout in Victoria Road, near the Shell garage, as well as a new lane for traffic approaching Vinces Road.
The scheme is one of a number of measures to reduce traffic problems in the area, which have resulted in strong complaints from local people and businesses.
Talks are continuing with South Norfolk council and other bodies about the work., while the public is also being asked for comments.
FORMER MAYOR BECOMES SOUTH NORFOLK CHAIRMAN
Former Mayor of Diss, Graham Minshull has been elected as the chairman of South Norfolk council.
He’s been a member of the district authority for four years and was previously vice chairman. Mr Minshull was a town councillor in Diss for 11 years, including a year as Town Mayor in 2012. He resigned at the end of 2017.
John Fuller continues as council leader, for the 12th year running.
POT-HOLE SCHEME TO COVER THE WHOLE OF SUFFOLK
A recently-tested scheme to improve the repair of potholes on Suffolk’s roads is to be extended throughout the whole county, from the summer.
Suffolk highways says the repair scheme has been a success since being tried out around Ipswich. The simpler system will mean engineers completing any repairs needed on a stretch of road, rather than only dealing with larger potholes.
ANTI-PIGEONS MOVE LOOKS SET TO START SOON
A plan to frighten pigeons away from Diss town centre looks set to start in two months’ time.
It’s hoped that the move to fly trained birds-of-prey in the Mere Street area will reduce the amount of pigeon droppings there. Only final approval from South Norfolk council is now awaited before the project can go ahead. Traders will be asked to contribute towards the cost of the service.
TOWN MAY BAG TOP SCORER
Ipswich Town look set to sign Tranmere Rovers striker James Norwood. The player has agreed to join on a free transfer, after scoring a total of 32 goals last season.