LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 10/12/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 11 December, 2019
COUNCIL TURNS DOWN PUB OWNER’S PURCHASE ORDER
South Norfolk council has rejected a purchase order served on it by the owner of an historic former pub in Pulham St Mary.
The Kings Head, a Grade 2 listed building, has been boarded up since closing in 2007 and the owner, Graham Scott says he is now facing virtual financial ruin over planning hold-ups. Various attempts to sell the building, to demolish it or to build new homes on the site have all failed, including a move by villagers to take over the pub as a community asset.
The council says its willing to try to assist the sale of the building, as there was no evidence it could not be brought back into beneficial use.
PARENTS WIN BATTLE TO KEEP SMALL VILLAGE SCHOOL OPEN
Parents have been successful in a fight to keep open a small South Norfolk primary school.
A decision has now been not to close Tivetshall primary and move its pupils to nearby Burston school. Instead, both schools will remain in place, following a consultation when parents came out strongly against any closure.
The academy trust involved says the schools will stay open for the time being to allow pupil numbers to recover from 16 at Tivetshall and 29 at Burston.
AWARD-WINNING POST OFFICE AND STORES COULD FACE CLOSURE
Another village post office could be in danger of closing down.
The owners of the award-winning Post Office and stores in Garboldisham say that they are concerned at a sudden fall in customers recently. They say that they may not be able to continue to run the business. Robbie and Kelly Starling took over the shop five years ago, but made a plea to villagers in the latest parish magazine.
Hoxne Post Office and Stores has also announced that it’s set to close down at the end of the month.
TOWN WITH ONE IN FIVE EMPTY SHOPS
Nearly one in five shop premises in Bungay are now reported to be empty.
The vacancy rate of 17 per cent for shop premises in the town is the second highest in Suffolk and it’s well above the national average of around ten per cent.
THE BLUES TRY AGAIN IN THE CUP
Ipswich Town are at home tonight, as they replay their F.A Cup second round tie against Coventry. The sides have played each other twice in the last ten days, drawing 1-1 each time, but it’s the first game at Portman Road this evening.