LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 4/4/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 4 April, 2018
EYE TOWN HALL RE-OPENS
An informal re-opening of Eye Town Hall has gone ahead with the aim of turning it into an important community hub in the future.
A refurbishment programme costing about £200,000 has been carried out with final work due to be completed in the summer before a full official opening ceremony at the building in September.
Town hall committee chairman Caroline Byles says that it’s hoped the improvements will mean wider use of the hall, turning it into a real community hub for all ages with its new facilities.
It’s also planned to set up a dedicated website for the town hall.
Meanwhile, police continue to investigate last weekend’s break-in at the building when valuable oil paintings were badly damaged by vandals.
COLD AND WET WEATHER IMPACTING AREA FARMS
There’s concern from local farmers after the recent spate of cold and wet weather.
Farmers in the region are said to be up to a month behind schedule on preparing the land, including planting some crops and spraying others, which are already in the ground.
This is expected to have an adverse effect on yields during harvest time and possibly have a knock-on effect on next year’s crops.
And there are problems for livestock farmers due to the late arrival of spring with feed stocks running out and animals unable to go into the fields.
THREE NEW COUNCILLORS FOR DISS
Three new town councillors have been appointed at Diss.
The three replace long-serving members who resigned around the start of the new year.
They are a former Metropolitan Police officer, John Roberston, church minister Michael Crawford and retired agricultural engineer Eric Taylor.
COUNTY COUNCIL ROADSHOW COMING TO DISS
Norfolk county council brings its roadshow to Diss later this month and will be looking to hear views and suggestions from people in the area.
Local people will also get a chance to hear plans for the future from county leaders it’s taking place on April 24th at the Corn Hall.
NORFOLK LOOKING TO HIRE MORE FIRE FIGHTERS
More recruits are still wanted to become retained fire fighters in Norfolk.
A total of 21 new recruits have been found for the part-time, on-call jobs, but double that number is still needed across the county, and the county’s fire service plans to continue its campaign to fill the vacancies.
NEW NAME FOR NEW NORWICH ROAD
Motorists travelling to Norwich will find a new name for the Northern Distributor Road….which is nearing completion.
It’s now officially called the Broadland Northway.