LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 08/01/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 8 January, 2019
EXTRA COSTS MAY MEAN LARGE COUNCIL TAX INCREASE IN DISS
Diss town council is looking at a suggested large increase in its council tax for next year. Councillors will tomorrow discuss a proposed rise of nearly 9 per cent to bring in an extra £49,000.
It’s needed to cover costs of nearly £550,000, which will require an average £202 from council tax payers in the town. The increase is mainly due to the town taking over street lights and the Mere’s Mouth toilets from South Norfolk council, as well as government grants coming to an end.
POLICE CALL FOR WATCH ON LOCAL FARMS
Police are asking people in South Norfolk to be on the watch for any suspicious activity on or near farms.
It comes after reported thefts from farms in the area in the last week. Officers have been patrolling around Harleston and Bungay in particular, following an incident there late last week.
TEST RUNS TO TAKE PLACE FOR GA’S NEW TRAINS
Greater Anglia will be testing two of its new trains over the next two weeks.
The Swiss-made trains, which can switch between electric and diesel power, will be running between Norwich and Diss overnight, to avoid daytime services. They’re part of a multi million pound investment programme by Greater Anglia, which will bring in over 160 new trains.
Motorists using level crossings are warned about the extra trains running at night.
INQUEST HEARS HOW ELDERLY WOMAN CHOKED TO DEATH
An inquest has heard that an elderly woman from Botesdale died after choking on a piece of sausage.
95 year old Jean Smith was attending a lunch club at Farnish House, aa sheltered housing complex in Chapel Lane, when the incident happened. Staff and later an ambulance crew assisted Mrs Smith, but she died at the scene. It was heard that she had a history of choking problems.
RESTAURANT OPENS AGAIN AFTER PEST CONTROL CLEARANCE
A Diss restaurant has re-opened, weeks after being closed by public health inspectors.
The Diss Tandoori was closed, after a hygiene inspection found an infestation of cockroaches. Pest control officials have now cleared the restaurant, which has also been re-decorated.
HARLESTON TOWN LOSE THEIR MANAGER
Harleston Town are looking for a new manager.
Adam Gusterson has left Town after more than three years in charge, to re-join his former club, Dereham in the Bostik League North. He’d guided Harleston to a title success last season and to the top of the Thurlow Nunn first division north table this season.
Meanwhile, it’s understood that Diss Town hope to appoint their new manager in the next few days.