LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 7/12/2018
Written by Mike Stewart on 8 December, 2018
MAYOR’S DEATH SHOCKS EYE COUNCIL
The Mayor of Eye, Mick Robins has died, after a short illness. Mr Robins was elected to the position last May, after a year as Deputy Mayor from 2017.
He had been unable to carry out his duties in recent weeks, because of poor health, shortly after taking part in the town’s twinning visit to France in October.
Aged in his 70s, Mr Robins had been on the council for about five years, after moving to the area from Ilford a few years earlier. The town flag at Eye has been flying at half-mast as a mark of respect.
COUNCIL LEADER RESIGNS DUE TO “ISSUES”
A long-standing town councillor in Diss has resigned as council leader, with immediate effect.
A former Mayor, Julian Mason says he’s resigned from the post, because of various issues. He’s told the council that he thinks it’s in the best interests of both the authority and himself to step down immediately.
The Diss Express reports that Mr Mason feels that issues which caused him to take a two-month break recently from the post, had still to be resolved.
He took over as council leader last December, after initially taking the post on an interim basis. He’s served on the council for about 10 years and says he intends to continue as a councillor.
APOLLO MAY OPEN AGAIN AS A COMMUNITY CENTRE
Plans are underway to re-open the former Apollo Club in Harleston as a community hub for the town.
The town’s Hope Church is in discussions to buy the building and it’s understood that about half of the purchase price has already been raised.
The church say that they hope to see the Apollo restored and opened as a community centre. It was closed down at the end of 2016, after 30 years as a function venue and snooker hall.
CALL FOR IMPROVEMENTS ON CORNER BLACK-SPOT
A call’s been made for urgent improvements at an accident black-spot at Palgrave. It follows four accidents in recent months on a bend in Lion Road, which links the village with the A143 and Diss.
John Ling, who lives nearby, says St John’s Corner needs attention, with new warning signs and markings. He says that four cars have gone into one of his fields this year.
ENTRIES OPEN FOR THE BIG CYCLING EVENT
Entries are now open for next year’s big cycling event in Diss. Organisers of the Diss Cyclathon confirmed this week that the event will be held for the fourth year – with the 2019 date set for Sunday, June 23.
The Nine Towns Sportive ride will also take place again….and with entries restricted to a thousand, places are expected to quickly run out. The sportive features a 100 mile route along country lanes, visiting nine market towns in the area. Other events over shorter courses are also being organised.
THE LIGHTS GO ON FOR CHRISTMAS – AGAIN
A Harleston couple is again raising money for cancer research with an amazing display of hundreds of Christmas lights outside their home. This is the 17th year that Sue Sanford and her partner, Peter George have created an illuminated festive display in Pound Lane.
And the lights also went on in Eye town centre last night, when crowds turned out to see the big Christmas switch-on ceremony.
CITY LOOK FOR A WIN, AS TOWN FACE A TOUGH ONE
Norwich City look to continue their run as Championship top team at Carrow Road tomorrow. Visitors Bolton have won just once in their last ten games and are second from bottom.
Ipswich Town travel to Stoke in the hope of shortening the seven-point gap, behind Bolton at the other end of the table.
DEFEAT FOR DISS IN A DRAMATIC FINISH
Diss Town went down to another away defeat last night, losing 2-1 at well-placed Norwich C.B.S. With the home side down to ten men, Town came close to saving the match. They pulled one back late on, but just failed to get an equaliser.
This afternoon, Harleston travel to meet mid-table Ipswich Wanderers, while in rugby, Diss hope for their first win of the season when they’re at home to fellow strugglers, Ruislip.