LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 15/07/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 15 July, 2019
DEVELOPERS HOLD CONSULTATION ON OPEN-LAND BUILDING PLANS
A public consultation is taking place this evening into a plan to build on an area of historic open-land near Diss town centre.
Developers want to build 24 retirement bungalows on part of The Lawns site, also known locally as Parish Fields. They’ve organised the consultation at the Diss Youth and Community Centre to explain more details about the proposal.
An action group has been set up to oppose the development, which is on land described as part of the town’s green heritage.
RETIREMENT HOMES CONFIRMED FOR OLD APOLLO CLUB SITE
The site of the former Apollo club in Harleston is set to be used for retirement homes, as expected.
Plans have now been submitted for the development on the site of the former social club in Mendham Lane. Developers McCarthy and Stone intend to build 46 bungalows and apartments with a garden area, after the former club was knocked down by the landowners.
Hope Church had hoped to take over the building for use as a community church, but their offer was turned down.
END TO DISPUTE OVER CORN HALL FUNDS LOOKS CLOSE
A dispute over the use of funds by the Corn Hall Trust in Diss, during the building of the town’s Heritage Triangle, seems to have been settled.
It’s understood that the town council has now agreed that all monies had been properly managed by the trust. Former trust chairman David Case had complained that the council had wasted £14,000 on an accountants’ report into the Trust’s finances.
It’s reported that the council will now liaise with the trust over an apology, but won’t agree to pay any costs or ask councillors to resign, over the complaint.
LOCAL TORY MPS TO BACK BORIS
Two local MPs have stated their preference in the battle to become Prime MInister.
Both South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon and Central Suffolk’s Dan Poulter have said they’re backing Boris Johnson to take over the job of Tory Party leader.
OPEN DAY MARKS HISTORIC MILL’S MAJOR BIRTHDAY
A special anniversary was celebrated at the weekend at Thelnetham windmill, one of only four preserved mills in Suffolk.
An open day was held at the windmill to mark its 200th birthday with tours of the mill and an exhibition. Thelnetham is a grade-2 listed tower mill, which has been restored to working order by enthusiasts.