LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 9/4/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 9 April, 2018
A140 IMPROVEMENT PLANS ON DISPLAY
A public information event has taken place in Eye giving details about proposed improvements to a busy road junction on the A140.
It’s hoped that the improvements near to the Eye airfield junction will be opened during 2020.
The scheme includes two new roundabout junctions on the A140 at Castleton Way and south of Rectory Road, as well as a link road through to the B1077 between Diss and Eye.
There would be new restrictions at the B1077 and Rectory Road junctions with the A140.
It’s hoped that the changes funded by a Government grant and Suffolk county council will improve road safety and access on to the airfield industrial site to increase jobs and housing in the area.
DISS TRAFFIC STUDY
In Diss, a traffic study is due to start shortly on the best way to ease congestion in the town centre by diverting through-traffic away from the A1066.
The study is one of the early outcomes of the Diss and district neighbourhood plan put together by the town council and seven nearby parish councils.
The plan’s steering group says it is now confident of public opinion for ideas to take development of the area forward.
It received about 850 replies from the public to its published report.
CCTV IMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH EYE TOWN HALL BREAK-IN
Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to about a break-in at Eye Town Hall.
Suffolk police say the images were taken of a man on the front steps of the building about the same time of the burglary on Easter Sunday.
He is pictured wearing baggy trousers and a coat with a fluorescent logo.
The break-in has shocked local people. Rooms in the town hall were ransacked, fire extinguishers sprayed about and four valuable old oil paintings slashed with a sharp object.
The main hall has just been newly refurbished in a £200,000 project, supported by Heritage England and local councils.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers.
MORE THAN 2,300 POTHOLES TO BE FILLED
Norfolk county council says there are more than 2,300 potholes to be repaired across the county’s roads with probably more still to be found.
Between November and the end of March, over 3,200 repairs were carried out, a thousand more than during the same period a year before.
Of the 5,000 potholes reported in the last six months, 600 are still to be inspected with 27 patching gangs and four patching machines out working on the repairs.
SEVERAL SCHOOLS COULD BECOME ACADEMIES
Several Suffolk primary schools could become academies after winning approval from the Department of Education.
Helmingham Community Primary School is converting already but has yet to announce a trust.
Four Church of England schools, including Stradbroke, Fressingfield, and St Peter and St Paul in Eye, have all opted for academy status.
Along with Wortham Primary, they’ve already begun conversion and are searching for sponsors.
PILOT OKAY FOLLOWING PLANE CRASH
A pilot has had a lucky escape after his light aircraft crashed while coming into land at Beccles airfield.
It’s thought that an unexpected crosswind caused the plane to flip over on to its back.
The pilot escaped unharmed in the incident at the weekend.
HUNDREDS TAKE PART IN COMMEMORATIVE ROAD RUN
Around 300 cars have taken part in a commemorative road run marking the deaths of three teenagers in a road accident at Pulham a year ago.
The run from Morrisons in Diss town centre to Great Yarmouth marked an emotional first anniversary of the incident.
It was a repeat of a similar run in their honour held a few days after the accident, when the teenagers’ car left the road just outside the village and hit a tree.
This year’s run was escorted by police as the cars travelled in a convoy along the A143.
Football…and a good performance brought a fine 3-1 home win for Norwich City at the weekend against fourth placed Aston Villa.
The win took City up to 12th place eight points off the playoffs.
Ipswich Town failed to score again for the fifth time in six games, as they lost 1-0 at Brentford to a disputed second-half penalty.
Diss Town were unlucky to force only a 1-1 draw at Little Oakley.
For the third game in a row, they had a penalty saved by the opposing goalkeeper and a late effort was incorrectly ruled out for offside. The home side equalised shortly afterwards with just seconds left in the game.