LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 20/03/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 20 March, 2019
HERITAGE PROJECT SET TO BE SIGNED OFF AFTER FIVE YEARS OF WORK
The £3 million Heritage Triangle project in Diss is expected to be finally signed off at tonight’s meeting of the town council.
It’s due to reach completion at the end of this month, about five years after being officially launched to revive an historic part of the town, including major work on the Corn Hall.
A report to the council says that the project will finish slightly under the total budget of £3.35 million, much of it from National Heritage lottery funds. It says that footfall in the town has since increased, with fewer vacant shops and a better general vibe on the streets.
The report also adds that there’s no question of any ‘wrong-doing’ involved, despite recent criticism, and the project continues to represent excellent value for the town council.
POLICE PROBE DAMAGE TO TOWN HALL ART AND ANTIQUES
Police say they’ve questioned a man about damage caused to valuable paintings and antique furniture at Eye Town Hall nearly a year ago.
The 47 year old man was arrested in Cumbria on suspicion of burglary, following a break-in at the building. He has now been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.
DRIVER ESCAPES AFTER VEHICLE LANDS ON ITS ROOF
A driver has escaped serious injury after his people-carrier overturned and ended on its roof. The accident happened on Church Lane at Homersfield, near Harleston, late this morning.
The road near the junction with the B1062 was closed for several hours while emergency crews recovered the vehicle and removed an oil spill. It’s understood the driver was the only person in the vehicle and received some injuries in the incident.
FUTURE OF MERE’S MOUTH TOILETS MAY BE DECIDED TONIGHT
The future of the Mere’s Mouth toilets in Diss could depend on tonight’s meeting of the town council. Councillors will be asked at the meeting to approve ‘revised agreements’, relating to the town centre toilet block.
The town council has been in discussions for months about taking over management of the building from South Norfolk council, but there are concerns about the condition of the block, which may need under-pinning.
NEW EXHIBITION OPENS THE MUSEUM
Diss Museum has re-opened for the summer.
The museum is now open on a daily basis with a new exhibition marking the centenary of the return-crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by the huge R34 airship. The airship docked at Pulham St Mary air station on the return trip, after making the initial journey from Scotland to New York.
WORK ON BUSY ROUNDABOUT MAY CAUSE DELAYS
Work has started around the busy Scole roundabout on the A140. The work is expected to last for a week at a cost of £30,000.
Maintenance work is being carried out and new signage installed.One lane on all approaches and the inside lane of the roundabout will be closed during the work.
CHANCE FOR THE TOWN TO CLIMB THE TABLE
Diss Town are back in action tonight. They’re away at Kings Lynn Reserves…..the team just below them. A win for Town would take them up to 13th in the table.