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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 31/07/2019

Written by on 31 July, 2019

DOG KENNELS OWNER FACES HUGE LEGAL BILL AFTER COURT CASE

A South Norfolk woman is considering an appeal after being told to pay a huge legal bill of nearly £100,000, after a court case over noise from the dog kennels she runs.

62 year old Sharon Tidnam has been given three months to pay the legal costs of a neighbour, who’d complained about noise nuisance from the kennels, at Low Farm in Topcroft.

The district judge told the court that this was a ‘very sad’ case, which should have been settled amicably months ago, but Mrs Tidnam had ‘buried her head in the sand’

Mrs Tidman had admitted breaching a court order about the noise. She was fined and also told to pay compensation of £3,000 to her neighbour, Matthew McNiff, a barrister, as well as his legal costs of £93,000.

About 30 villagers attended the hearing in support of Mrs Tidnam, who claimed South Norfolk council had failed to detect any noise problem.

PUBLIC TO BE CONSULTED OVER CARE HOME PROJECT 

A public consultation is set to be held into a plan for a new care-home development in Diss.

It’s proposed to build about 80 one and two-bedroom apartments for the elderly, on a site near the town’s railway station.  Care services at the home will include 24-hour staff, communal facilities, a lounge, restaurant and laundry.

Diss councillors have provisionally supported the project, to be built on the corner of Sawmills Road and Nelson Road.

SUMMER HEAT RESULTS IN BIG INCREASE IN CALLS TO FIRE SERVICE

There was a big increase in the number of call-outs for Norfolk fire service last year.

Firefighters in the county had to tackle about 20 per cent more blazes, compared to the previous year.  The fire and rescue service was sent to a total of 2,636 fires, with the rise said to be largely due to the long, hot summer, which brought a spike in wild fires last July. There were about 650 cases of arson during the year.

BUSINESS BOOST FOR PLASTIC CAMPAIGN IN DISS

A new scheme has been launched by businesses in Diss aimed at reducing the amount of single-use plastic.

About 15 of the town’s shops, pubs and cafes have so far signed up to offer free fill-ups of re-usable bottles with tap water.  The Plastic Free Diss campaign group hopes that more businesses will now join the initiative.

TOWN BRING IN NEW KEEPER, BUT HOLD ON MOVE FOR STRIKER

Football…and Ipswich Town have signed goalkeeper Will Norris on loan for the season from Wolves, to replace Bart Bialkowski, who’s now left the club for Millwall.

Meanwhile, the Blues have put a hold for the time being on a move for striker Tom Elliott after a medical.

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