LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 21/03/2019
Written by Mike Stewart on 21 March, 2019
ALL HALLOWS HOSPITAL SET TO CLOSE UNLESS NEW TRUST TAKES OVER
A hospital in Ditchingham looks set to close, unless a new trust can be found to take it over.
The 30-bed hospital is run by a charity, the All Hallows healthcare trust, which says it is no longer able to pay its way. All services will continue for the time being at the hospital, and at a 50-bed nursing home at Bungay also run by the trust.
South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon says that he’s hopeful that new operators can be found, with 280 jobs at risk. A petition to save All Hallows has already been signed by nearly 1,500 people.
TOWN MAKES A MOVE OVER THE MERE TOILETS
Diss town council has finally agreed to take over the running of the Mere’s Mouth toilets.
Councillors last night decided to take on responsibility for the town centre toilet block, from April 1. The council had been asked to approve ‘revised agreements’, after months of discussions with South Norfolk council. There have been concerns about the condition of the building, which may need under-pinning.
The council has also approved a deal with Suffolk county council to maintain over 200 street lamps in the town, which it has recently taken over from South Norfolk. The lights will also eventually be replaced by new, more energy-efficient LED lamps.
LOW HATE CRIME FIGURES IN NORFOLK
Norfolk police have received only a fraction of the number of hate crimes recorded by many other forces.
Just over 400 complaints were received in the year upto last September in the county. Only 20 per cent of the cases were closed without a suspect being identified – much lower than elsewhere.
CAFE IS TO FINALLY CLOSE ITS DOORS
A long-established cafe in Diss is to close its doors in a month’s time.
The Mere Moments cafe in Mere Street will shut on April 18th, after 11 years in operation. A special event is planned for two days later, when the cafe will re-open to say goodbye to customers and sell off equipment.
NO GOALS AS DISS PICK UP ANOTHER POINT
Diss Town picked up another point last night, away at Kings Lynn reserves, the team just below them in the table. The two sides fought out a goalless draw, which sees Town stay in 14th position.