LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 18/12/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 18 December, 2018
COUNCIL STAY OPPOSED TO PLANS FOR NEW HOTEL AND SHOPS
Town councillors in Diss have re-affirmed their concern about a proposal for a new hotel and shopping area in the town centre.
The Marstons brewery chain wants to build the 27-bedroom hotel, with retail units, near the Thatchers Needle pub in Park Road, but the plan has met considerable opposition locally.
The town council has now repeated its objection, despite new suggestions recently put forward by the company. It says the proposal could have a detrimental effect on the town’s economy and current shops, especially in the Heritage Triangle, and also significantly affect traffic in the area.
WINFARTHING PENDANT IS TOP TREASURE OF THE YEAR
An Anglo-Saxon treasure, found in a field at Winfarthing, has been chosen as the top acquisition by UK museums this year.
The pendant was selected from a short-list of ten in a national poll of 5,000 people. The treasure was found by a metal detectorist and was bought by Norfolk Museums with the aid of grant funds.
FIRST CLASS TO STAY ON INTER-CITY TRAINS
Greater Anglia has confirmed that it’s decided to end first class travel on many of its trains.
Extra standard seats will be available on Greater Anglia trains from the new year, except for the inter-city services between Norwich and London, via Diss and Ipswich.
POLICE HUNT BIKE THIEVES
Police are looking for thieves who’ve stolen two motorbikes in Diss over the past week.
A Kawasaki machine was stolen last night and a Honda was taken in a garage break-in at Skelton Road one night last week. Police are appealing for witnesses.
NO SIGN OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR
Weather forecasters are predicting that there’ll be no White Christmas for us this year.
They say that no snow is expected over the holiday period. Instead, we can expect fairly windy weather with some showers, and temperatures staying above freezing.
DISS LOOK FOR NEW TEAM BOSS AFTER RESIGNATION
Diss Town football club is looking for a new manager, following the resignation of Jason Cook after nearly 18 months in charge.
He’s stepped down with the team currently third from bottom in the Thurlow Nunn first division north, after a run of seven games without a win.
The club says it is looking to appoint a replacement as soon as possible and the situation is due to be discussed at a meeting tonight.