LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 18/6/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 18 June, 2018
SURVEY SHOWS A NEED FOR TOILETS AT THE MERE
A Park Radio survey on the use of the Mere’s Mouth public toilets in Diss has suggested that there is a real need for the facilities.
The check was carried out by one of our volunteer team over a four-hour period during a market day last Friday.
The result was that we found the facilities were visited by nearly 225 people over the period; that’s an average of about 50 people an hour.
South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon last week urged Diss town council to face up to its responsibilities and sort out the situation regarding the town centre block.
COUNCILLORS TO DISCUSS ALLOWANCE INCREASE
Mid Suffolk councillors will discuss a proposal later this week to increase their personal allowances.
An independent review panel is suggesting an increase of £1,000 on the current allowance of £3,000.
It’s also proposed to bring in much bigger rises for the council leader and for cabinet members-with-portfolio.
The move, which would add over £80,000 in costs for the combined Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils, has been criticised by opposition councillors.
MP ON OPTIONS TO KEEP CROWN POST OFFICE OPEN
South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon says there are options to keep the crown post office open in Diss.
He’s told Park Radio that a consortium from the community could take it over, if necessary, as a non-profit making enterprise.
He says that it is essential that post office services in the town are maintained and that there is enough space in the building for other uses to be considered as well.
The Post Office is keen to make the Diss outlet a franchise operation, but there’s been no interest so far.
MAN IN COURT FOR STEALING RINGS
A man has appeared in court charged with stealing a tray of engagement rings worth £25,000 from a jeweller’s shop in Diss.
37 year old Philip Ellis, from Birmingham, grabbed the rings at The Jewellery Workshop in Market Place last September….making off on a mountain bike.
The case has been adjourned for reports until July 13th, when Ellis will appear for sentence.
He had admitted the theft and also a charge of dangerous driving in June 2016 in Gainsborough Avenue, Diss.
NORFOLK FIREFIGHTERS GET DRONE SUPPORT
Drones are being brought in to provide support for Norfolk firefighters.
Two drones will be flown by trained pilots using a hi-tech control van to help the Norfolk fire and rescue service at fire incidents and searches.
The drones are also able to provide pictures from the air and check for fire hot-spots using thermal imaging. They’ll also be available for other emergency services in the county.
TRAINS BACK TO NORMAL
Train services between Diss, Norwich, Ipswich and London are expected to run normally from today.
Repairs to a significant track fault near Liverpool Street station have been carried out, following days of disruption and cancellations last week.
MADDISON MAKES A BIG MOVE FROM CARROW ROAD
Football…..Norwich City have accepted a bid of £20 million from Leicester City for midfielder James Maddison. The 21 year old is due to have a medical at Leicester later this week.
Wales international Marley Watkins has also left the Carrow Road club. He’s signed for Bristol City for £1 million, just a year after joining Norwich from Barnsley.