LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 19/2/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 19 February, 2018
RE-VAMP FOR SPORTS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE
Work has started on a £40,000 re-vamp for Stradbroke’s sports and community centre.
Improvements include new heating, lighting and sound systems and portable staging.
The work will take up to three months and will also include re-decoration.
The cost is being paid for by grant funds from Mid Suffolk Council. The centre was built over 20 years ago and operates as a charity.
An accident on the A140 has blocked the main road at Brockford Street this afternoon.
Police say the incident involved several vehicles near Brockford Road
and the Mendlesham turn-off.
No one has been badly hurt and we understand that the road has now re-opened.
TRIBUTE TO ACCIDENT VICTIM
The family of a man killed in a fatal collision in North Lopham have paid tribute to him.
It follows a collision involving two vehicles in Church Lane recently.
The driver of a car, 23-year-old Jamie Kelly, died at the scene.
He was born in East Harling and worked at Midwich in Diss.
PLAN TO SUSTAIN AREA NHS SERVICES
Health chiefs in Norfolk and Waveney have drawn up a new care plan with the aim of sustaining NHS services in the area.
The plan lays out proposed changes over the next five years to ensure that health and social care is able to cope with an increasing demand for services and falling budgets.
The changes include more treatment at home and better integration of services
Local people and organisations are now to be asked for their views on the proposals.
VINTAGE PLANE TO FEATURE AT AIR SHOW
This year’s Old Buckenham air show in July will feature two giants of the sky, a Douglas DC3 airliner and a B17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber.
It will be the first time that a DC3 has landed at Old Buckenham since World War Two, when one used the airfield to drop off wartime casualties from Normandy.
CLEAN UP BEGINS AT NORFOLK HOTEL HIT BY FIRE
A clean-up operation has started at a Norfolk hotel and pub which was badly damaged by a major fire last week.
A local demolition company has moved in on the site of Breckland Lodge, near Attleborough.
The owners have stated that they will rebuild the damaged buildings and re-open the business later this year.
An inquiry into the cause of the blaze is continuing, but Norfolk Fire Service has already said that it was an accident.
ESTATE AGENCY GOES INTO LIQUIDATION
An estate agency with several branches in Norfolk has gone into liquidation.
A meeting of creditors is due to be held later today following the collapse of the Kudos Residential franchise operation in Norfolk trading as Hunter’s.
Eight of the nine branches in the county have now closed including offices in Diss, Bungay, Long Stratton and Norwich.
Kudos Residential was formed in 2009 and became part of Hunter’s, a national estate-agency network made up of franchises, in 2015.
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR COMMUNITY HEROES
Nominations open today for South Norfolk’s annual search for community heroes.
The aim of the awards is to recognise the valuable contribution that volunteers make to the district.
There are 8 categories for nominations, including: Volunteer of the Year, Young Volunteer, Community Group, Community Fundraiser, and Lifetime Community Hero.
Winners receive £250 for their chosen charitable organisation and there’s a special presentation evening at Diss Corn Hall in June.
Nominations close on 29 April and you can get more details from South Norfolk Council.
DRINK DRIVING ARREST
A motorist has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a car went off the road into a ditch, near Halesworth.
The incident happened in Sparrowhawk Lane at Upper Holton yesterday afternoon.
Police have thanked Norwich and Ipswich supporters for showing what they call “good spirit” at yesterday’s East Anglian derby match at Carrow Road.
A total of 12 people were arrested before and during the game with about 2 thousand Town fans travelling for the match.
The game ended in a 1-1 draw with Ipswich just failing to get their first win over City since 2009 by a matter of a few seconds.
They’d taken the lead late on against the run of play but the home side managed to equalise deep into injury time.
Meanwhile Diss Town travelled to Cornard for their first away game of the year with three new signings in the team but they were beaten by a late goal, despite looking in control of the second half.