LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 22/3/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 22 March, 2018
TOWN COUNCIL TO TAKE OVER STREET LIGHTS
Diss council has decided that it wants to take over the running of the town’s street lights.
Councillors have agreed in principle to take over responsibility for all of the town’s 235 lamps currently owned and maintained by South Norfolk Council.
This includes more than 80 which South Norfolk had considered are no longer needed.
Some Diss councillors had been concerned about safety and security issues and the council will now set up a working group to urgently look at the situation.
They’ll consider if there are any lamps which might be scrapped, as some are said to be nearing the end of their working life.
Not included in the lighting are lamps on main highways like Victoria Road….which are run by the county council.
NEW REPORT SHEDS LIGHT ON COUNTY BREAST CANCER CASES
A new report says that 900 women a year are diagnosed with breast cancer in Norfolk and Waveney.
More women are surviving the disease than ever before but around 230 on average will die every year.
The east of England is said to be the best region for screening and early diagnosis, two vital factors in the survival rate.
Even so, charities like Big C have called for improved access to services for local patients.
In South Norfolk, there was a rate of about 27 women per 100,000 dying from breast cancer before the age of 75 compared to an average nationally of nearly 20 per 100,000.
ARRESTS IN CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY
A man and a woman from the Diss area are among three people arrested after a robbery at a Suffolk convenience store.
The incident happened on Tuesday night when a man entered the Spar shop in Church Road at Barningham.
He left with some money and bottles of whisky after threatening staff with a metal pole.
The 25 year old man and 22 year old man were arrested later that night on suspicion of robbery along with a 22 year old man from the Bury St Edmunds area.
No one was hurt in the incident.
BARCLAYS TO CLOSE EYE BRANCH
There’s criticism of a major bank after Barclays confirmed it’s closing its branch in Eye.
It’s the last bank branch remaining in the town but is now set to close down in September.
Town clerk Wendy Alcock says the council shares concerns that the closure will have a detrimental effect on Eye.
While local county councillor Guy McGregor has called the decision to shut the branch an absolute disgrace.