LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 16/2/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 16 February, 2018
GUILTY PLEA IN HARLESTON ARMED RAID
A man has pleaded guilty in court to carrying out an armed raid on a Harleston betting shop.
30 year-old Dion Carr, of no fixed address, admitted robbing the betting shop in The Thoroughfare, armed with a knife before escaping with an amount of cash last June.
Sentencing was adjourned until March 20th and the judge ordered reports, including a risk assessment on Carr, who was remanded in custody.
NUMBER OF AFFORDABLE HOMES TO RENT HIGHEST FOR THIRTY YEARS
There are more affordable homes available to rent in South Norfolk than at any time since the 1980s.
Government figures show that in the last three years, South Norfolk Council has provided over 1,300 affordable houses, aimed at helping families and young people, struggling to get on the property ladder.
The figures are higher than for any other authority in Norfolk or Suffolk and the council is also planning to offer another 1,500 over the next three years.
DISS IN LINE FOR MAJOR AWARD
The Heritage Triangle project in Diss is in line to win a major national award for planning excellence.
The heritage scheme costing £3 million has got through to a final short-list of projects from around the country for the award.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on May 24th.
BROADS TO BE BRANDED AS NATIONAL PARK
The Broads in Norfolk and Suffolk are to be branded as a national park.
The Broads Authority has made the move to boost the image of the waterway area and attract more visitors but has no plans to apply for legal status as a park, because of the regulatory issues and restrictions involved.
Meanwhile, new artwork depicting the Broads has been unveiled on the walls of Norwich airport around the arrival and departure area.
CONCERNS OVER DISS STREET LIGHTS
Diss council is to set up a special team to look at the need for street lighting in the town.
Councillors are concerned about the possibility of black-spots on the town’s streets if a proposal to reduce the number of lights goes ahead.
They’re asking for an extension until the end of April to consider the options.
South Norfolk council has suggested switching off about a third of the town’s 240 lamps by the autumn, having consulted with police.
Only about 150 of the town’s current lights would remain on regarded as essential for crime prevention and safety.
SURGE IN POT-HOLE COMPENSATION
Pot-holes on Norfolk’s roads are costing the county council a lot more money.
The council paid out on over 100 claims from motorists in 2016-17 for damage to their cars well over double the total of previous years.
The cost was nearly £33,000 compared to £12,000 in 2013-14.
The information came from a Freedom of Information request by the BBC.
PETROL STATION TO CLOSE A WEEK LATER THAN PLANNED
Motorists in Harleston have been given an extra week’s reprieve before the town’s only petrol station closes for three months.
The Esso station on London Road will now close for a major refurbishment on March 1st, a week later than planned after workmen discovered an unexpected gas pipe.
TEEN BUSKER MAKES DISS DEBUT
Look out for a certain young man in Diss Town centre today making his first attempt at busking!
13 year old Lorca Delgado from Eye will be in Mere Street playing his flute to raise money to go on a school trip to France.
He’s been playing the flute for two years and was happy to collect lots of appreciation plus some cash from passers-by yesterday.
Football…and it’s the big one at the weekend…when Norwich play Ipswich in the latest East Anglian derby match…at Carrow Road.
Skipper Ivo Pinto should return for City while David McGoldrick may be back in the Ipswich squad after injury.
Around 2,000 Ipswich supporters are expected to travel for the game on Sunday.
A reminder that it’s a midday kickoff and that extra traffic is expected on the A140 on the day…with police also setting up a special route into the city for away supporters.