LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 20/02/2020
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 21 February, 2020
NO INCREASE ON TOWN’S COUNCIL TAX SHARE
Diss town council has agreed not to raise its share of council tax for next year.
Councillors have approved a zero increase from April, after hearing that its costs for the year will be covered by the current average payment of £203 for band D payers. The council will still receive a larger total of funds, because more people have moved into the area causing a rise in population.
The decision comes after Norfolk county council approved a rise of nearly four per cent in its council tax share.
CONTAINER SITE GETS GO-AHEAD
Planning approval has been given for a large storage container site to be set up at Palgrave.
Mid Suffolk planners have agreed to allow land in Lower Rose Lane to be used to store more than 50 containers. The project on a former roadworks compound had previously been turned down on two occasions.
The local parish council has objected to the plan, because of road safety concerns.
POLICE CATCH THIEF ON PATROL
A man from Diss has been sent to prison for two months for attempted theft.
29 year old Liam Burns, of Rose Lane, was caught by police while on patrol in Ipswich. He was seen trying to force a key safe open at a coffee shop in the town earlier this month.
TALKS CONTINUE ON STORES SALE
Talks are said to be continuing over the possible sale of Beales department stores around the country, including the one in Diss.
Administrators are in talks with several interested parties, but it now looks more likely that the Diss store will close.
They’ve decided that all of the company’s stores should be prepared for closure, with no buyer yet confirmed.
LANDMARK HOTEL SOLD
A landmark building in Bungay has been bought with plans to restore it as a hotel.
The Kings Head hotel is a former coaching inn dating from the 17th century, but has been empty and unused for nearly ten years. A hotelier has now taken on the building with plans for a major restoration project.