LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 22/08/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 23 August, 2019
NEW JOBS SET FOR EYE WITH WAREHOUSE PROJECT
There’s a major jobs boost for Eye.
Up to 50 jobs will be on offer when a new warehouse and manufacturing plant is opened in the town later this year. It’s planned by glass and plastics food packaging company, Aegg, as part of a £6 million project.
The company is expanding following a recent big increase in demand for its glass products. The new facilities will house its four glass ranges, including jars and bottles for food, water, and drinks.
It’s planned to almost double the size of the warehouse in due course, as well as building a new plant to make recyclable plastic packaging.
TOWN CENTRE PIE SHOP CLOSES ITS DOORS
It seems that another town centre business in Diss may have closed down.
The Diss Pie and Mash Shop in St Nicholas Street has failed to open for business for over a week. A message on its Facebook page says that the business had not opened last week for “reasons beyond its control”.
The shop was only opened last September, but it’s understood that various fixtures and fittings have now been removed from the premises.
PLEA OVER LITTER PROBLEM IN THE PARK
A plea’s been made about littering in Diss.
The town council says litter is a recurring problem, with staff having to clean up affected council-owned public sites. The call follows the discovery this morning of a pile of litter, left scattered near to the Pavilion on Diss Park.
The council says it’s a shame that the litter was just discarded in a shelter pod there, instead of placed in an empty bin nearby.
SUFFOLK HOLD FIRE ON TASERS FOR OFFICERS
Suffolk police say that there are no immediate plans to provide tasers to all front-line officers.
The force says that the safety of officers and staff is a priority and continually reviews its position on tasers. One force, Northamptonshire has agreed to issue the weapons to officers who request them.
COUNCIL LEADER SAYS HOMELESS MAN WAS NOT A PROBLEM
Diss town council leader Simon Olander says that a homeless man left to camp on the town’s park had not been a problem to anyone.
He says that the council had worked with local police to ensure the man wasn’t a nuisance and felt that the town shouldn’t be shunning people in need. The man has now been found temporary accomodation outside of Diss in Ipswich, while an effort is continuing to find him somewhere permanent to stay.
He’s been in hospital since the weekend with head and face injuries after being assaulted. A man is now on bail pending further inquiries, after being questioned about the incident.
COUNTY’S VACCINE RATE IS ABOVE AVERAGE
The number of children being given the MMR vaccine in Suffolk is running above the national average.
Nationally, the rate for the second booster jab for measles, mumps and rubella has fallen, leading to an increase in children affected by measles. In Suffolk, the uptake for the initial vaccine is 94.5 per cent, dropping to 90 per cent for the follow-up injection.
GPs are being asked to promote the vaccine and ask parents to ensure their children’s vaccinations are up to date.