LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 1/10/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 1 October, 2018
INVESTIGATION OPENS INTO LEVEL CROSSING DEATH
An investigation is underway after a man died when a train crashed into a car on the level crossing at Palgrave.
The car driver died in the incident at the weekend. Debris is said to have been pushed down the track for nearly a mile, where the train came to a stop after the collision. No one on the train was hurt, but over 130 passengers on board had to be evacuated and taken on to Diss railway station.
The incident on Saturday evening started a full emergency response, with police, ambulance and around 30 fire fighters attending. Crossing Road and the nearby Lower Rose Lane bridge were closed to allow access to the emergency services for most of the night. The rail line between Diss and Stowmarket was also closed.
Up to 90 trains a day pass the crossing, which connects the A143 Bury Road with Diss town centre, through
TRADERS CALL FOR A REVIEW OF TOWN’S PARKING
Traders in Diss are calling for a review of the town’s car parking arrangements.
They say that people working in local businesses, as well as shoppers, are having parking problems. The main difficulty is finding an available space for long-stay parking near the town centre.
One shop operator was recently fined for overstaying in a short-stay park, after being unable to find a long-stay space, despite having an annual permit costing £300. The traders are now looking to start a petition to send to South Norfolk council, which operates most of the car parks in Diss.
MORE PARKING TICKETS IN NORFOLK THAN BEFORE
More parking tickets have been handed out in the past year than ever before in Norfolk.
More than 41,000 drivers received tickets, an increase of about ten per cent on the previous year. However, one in six were overturned or written off, with no fines paid. More than half of the penalty notices were issued in Norwich, with only a thousand notices issued in South Norfolk.
FIRE AT HOPTON CHIPPY
Fire crews have been called out to a fish and chip shop at Hopton. A chip pan fire broke out at the Hopton Chippy on Friday evening, but no one was hurt.
VILLAGE GARAGE MAY BECOME HOUSES
A garage at Shelfanger, which has closed down after 40 years, may be demolished.
The owners of the Bowman Brothers business say that the site may now be used for housing. The four brothers have been looking to sell off the business for five years, but a potential buyer recently pulled out.
Fuel was served on the petrol forecourt for the last time at the weekend. The building was previously used as a pub, stables and a blacksmith’s.
NEW BUSINESSES IN DISS
Two new businesses have opened in Diss.
A pie and mash shop has opened in the building formerly used by Fairchild’s tea-rooms, in St Nicholas’ Street.It’s thought to be the first shop selling East End food in the region.
And a new hairdressing salon using only organic products is also now open in Victoria Road.
CANARIES MAKE THE TOP SIX
Football….Norwich City climbed into the top six after their fourth league win in a row. A late penalty gave them a 1-0 home win against Wigan Athletic, as they climbed into fifth place.
Ipswich remain in the bottom three and are still without a win. They took a 2-0 interval lead, but mid-table Birmingham City pulled back to equalise and share the points.