LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 14/2/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 14 February, 2018
CAUSE OF FIRE ACCIDENTAL
A major fire which destroyed a Norfolk hotel and pub last week is said to have started accidentally.
The blaze caused extensive damage to buildings at Breckland Lodge on the A11 near Attleborough.
Norfolk fire and rescue service are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire although they have confirmed it was an accident.
The family-run business has been in operation for more than 30 years…and the owners have said they will re-build on the site.
MAN WITH LOCAL LINKS MISSING
Suffolk police are appealing for help in tracing a missing man who has links with Diss.
43 year old Paul Moore from Kesgrave went missing eight days ago in the Nacton area. Searches have been carried out, assisted by the county’s Lowland Search and Rescue team, and enquiries made at local hotels.
He’s described as white, six feet tall, with a stocky build and mousy hair.
Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk Police on 101.
NEW PAVEMENTS FOR EAST HARLING
Motorists can expect delays in East Harling when Market Street gets new pavements later this month.
Work on the footpaths costing over £30,000 will start next Monday on the B1111 between School Lane and King Street.
The pavements are said to be rutted and uneven and in a poor condition.
MAJOR INVESTMENT FOR TRAIN SERVICES
Major investment of millions of pounds to improve train services in East Anglia has been detailed by Network Rail.
A total of 2 billion pounds is earmarked for track and signalling upgrades between next year and 2024.
A thousand new carriages and improved tracks will allow more passengers to be carried and speed up journey times between London and Norwich.
However, there’s no commitment yet to reduce journey times to the target of 90 minutes between the two cities and only an hour between London and Ipswich. However, Network Rail say this project is still in the pipeline.
THOUSANDS RAISED TO HELP THE HOMELESS
More than £32,000 has been raised by people in Old Buckenham to help the homeless.
The money’s been collected over the past year in the village and has now been handed over to the St Martin’s Housing Trust charity.
The Norwich-based charity is working to reduce the number of people who are sleeping rough in the city.
POST OFFICE FRANCHISE STILL BEING CONSIDERED
The Post Office is still considering whether to turn its town centre branch in Diss…. into a franchise operation.
It says that no detailed plans have been made yet and any change to the Market Place post office will involve holding a public consultation first.
DISS TO CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR
Diss is taking on an oriental festive look for the weekend to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Nearly 100 lanterns have been installed in the Heritage Triangle to mark the occasion on Friday courtesy of the owners of the Happy Palace Chinese Restaurant in St Nicholas Street.
FREE CUPCAKES AT DISS RAIL STATION
Rail passengers at Diss station have been among travellers around East Anglia to receive a small Valentine’s Day present.
Greater Anglia has been handing out 12,000 free cupcakes ….as a small “thank-you” gift to their passengers around the region.