LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 08/07/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 9 July, 2019
TALKS CONTINUE OVER TOWN CENTRE PUB AND TOILETS PLANS
Talks are continuing with Wetherspoons over plans to open a pub-restaurant next to the Mere in Diss.
Access issues involving the site at Kings Head Yard are still under discussion, but town council leader Simon Olander says the company is still keen to get matters resolved and start building work on the project.
Meanwhile, two new building surveys have been carried out on the nearby Mere’s Mouth toilets. The separate surveys have checked on likely work needed to the building, before the town council takes over its management. Once details of the work have been agreed, it’s expected that South Norfolk council will start repairs in September.
COURT TELLS MAN IN A TENT TO MOVE ON
Court action has stopped a man from camping in the grounds of retirement bungalows in Diss.
The man said to be in his 30s had been living in a tent near the bungalows in Thomas Manning Road for several weeks. The tent was removed from the grassed area, after Saffron Housing Trust, which runs the retirement complex, went to court on Friday.
INQUEST ADJOURNED AS STABBING INQUIRY CONTINUES
An inquest on an elderly South Norfolk woman, whose husband is facing a murder charge, has been adjourned.
The hearing has been put back until October for further review, with an investigation
currently underway. 76 year old Frances Hubbard is alleged to have been stabbed to death by her husband Michael Hubbard at their home in Brooke last September. He is currently detained under the Mental Health Act.
WEEKEND CLEAN-UP HELP CALLED FOR IN TOWN CENTRE
Diss town council is asking for more help to keep the streets of the town centre clean.
It wants additional specialist cleaning from South Norfolk council at weekends to deal with droppings from pigeons and ducks in the area near the Mere. A plan to bring in a hawk to scare pigeons away from the town centre is still months away.
MOTORCYCLE BUSINESS BOSS DIES AT 90
A well-known former business owner in Diss has died at the age of 90.
Mike Bavin set up Bavin’s Motorcycles, which is still run by one of his sons, in Victoria Road. He was also chairman of Diss Motorcycle club and established a moto-cross course at Wattisfield, which is still in operation.
Another son has run Weavers Restaurant in the Heritage Triangle area for many years.