LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 13/8/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 17 June, 2018
Plans to build a petrol station on the A140 near a busy roundabout at Scole have finally been given the go-ahead.
Mid Suffolk councillors have now approved the project……which also includes two restaurants and a Marks and Spencer shop.
It’s planned one restaurant will be a drive-through McDonalds.
The developers will now have three years to start the project near the A143 roundabout, which has come in for considerable criticism locally.
Both Scole parish council and the Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan steering group have voiced concerns, mainly about its proposed location, road safety and size.
It’s proposed that the development will be accessed from a new slip road off the north-bound A140, with customers exiting onto the west-bound stretch of the A143.
SURVEYS SHOW TOILET BLOCK MAY NEED COSTLY REPAIRS
Structural surveys have confirmed that the town centre toilet block near the Mere in Diss will have to be underpinned, if it is to stay open in future.
One survey for South Norfolk council says work would start at £25,000 and could cost much more, depending on what builders found on investigation.
Another report suggests that the Mere’s Mouth block may be beyond economic repair.
The district council wants to demolish the building, after town councillors decided against taking on its maintenance, despite an offer of £80,000 from South Norfolk to re-furbish it.
INVESTIGATION INTO HALESWORTH BLAZE
An investigation has started into the cause of a large fire in flats at Halesworth earlier this week.
The fire started in a flat above a newsagent’s shop in Chediston Street and then spread to other buildings, causing the roof to collapse. No-one was hurt.
MAN CAUTIONED FOR SHOP WINDOW BREAKAGES
A 26 year old man has been cautioned by police in Diss after several shop windows were smashed in at the weekend.
The man was arrested after police were called out to deal with the man seen punching shop windows in Mere Street.
Police say it was unfortunate that the damage took place just before the town’s big carnival day.
RAIL DISRUPTION CONTINUES
Network Rail are continuing to work on a temporary repair for a major track fault, affecting train services to London from Diss, Norwich and Ipswich.
There has again been disruption with delays or cancellations to services today….with fewer platforms at Liverpool Street being available for use.
NEW MOVE ON LIVING WITH DEMENTIA
South Norfolk Council is rolling out a new initiative to raise awareness of the issues facing people living with dementia.
The Council has been supporting ‘Films with Friends’, through the regular Village Screen events.
There are currently 17 volunteer groups around the district that show a range of popular films in their local community centre or village hall.
Training, including a toolkit, is available to all groups to support them in offering dementia-friendly screenings and Friends information sessions.
The Films with Friends initiative has been partly funded by the council and East of England Co-op.
MURPHY MAKES HIS MOVE
Norwich City winger Josh Murphy has completed his move to Cardiff City in a deal worth about £11 million. He’s signed a four year deal.