LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 1/8/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 1 August, 2018
AREA PUB CLOSURES CONTINUE
Nearly 150 pubs have closed down in Norfolk in the last few years.
New figures show that there are now 660 pubs and bars around the county, compared to 805 in 2010.
Nearly a third of the closures happened in the 12 months between 2016 and 2017.
South Norfolk now has a total of 80 pubs, down from 100, whilst there are also 80 pubs in Waveney compared to 95 in 2010.
The closures are put down to the duty on beer and other taxes, a change in drinking culture and a lack of support from the local community.
FIRES STILL A RISK DESPITE RECENT RAIN
Norfolk’s fire service says the recent rain has not really reduced the risk of fires starting in the countryside.
The brigade has urged people to continue to be mindful of their actions and use caution in the open.
The Norfolk service has dealt with more wildfires in the last two months than in the whole of 2017.
The service dealt with just over 450 open-air fires during the heatwave, compared to 366 last year.
NEW HOMES APPROVED FOR NORTH LOPHAM
Plans to build 15 new homes in North Lopham have been approved, despite a claim that access to the development will be on a dangerous bend.
The homes are to be built at Church Farm after two old grain stores on the site have been demolished.
Access will be from Church Lane with a new footpath to the village hall.
Planners say that redeveloping the site will not have a negative impact…although local people living nearby asked for more screening for privacy.
POLICE CALLED TO INCIDENT IN STOWMARKET
Police have been called to an incident involving about 30 people in a street at Stowmarket.
Officers rushed to the Hillside area of the town after reports of people acting aggressively to each other.
Police say a sizeable number of officers were deployed. Two people have been arrested.
NEW SEATS AND TABLES FOR LOCAL PARK
Scole’s Nature Trail Trust has been awarded a grant for new seats and tables in the park.
The money’s been given by the Calor fund to the volunteer group, which is creating a mini-parkland and wildlife area.
The seats will be at various points along the trail, including by the river.
MUSIC ICON TO PERFORM IN DISS
British music icon Toyah Wilcox is coming to the area later this year.
She’ll be appearing in a special show at Diss Corn Hall on Saturday, September 1st.
The show, also featuring two guitarists, will comprise acoustic versions of her hits during a 35-year career.