LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 23/07/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 24 July, 2019
BOTH FIRE ENGINES LOOK SET TO STAY IN DISS
Diss looks set to keep hold of both of its traditional fire engines – for the time being.
A change of mind by Norfolk fire service means that the fire tender, due to be replaced shortly by a smaller 4 by 4 vehicle, will be kept for the rest of its working life. The fire engine at Diss is one of three others around the county, which will now be retained.
A modified SUV will still be allocated to Diss fire station, after originally being planned as a replacement vehicle.
EMERGENCY CALLS SOAR TO NORFOLK POLICE
There’s been a big increase in the number of emergency phone calls to police in Norfolk.
999 calls have gone up by a quarter in the last three years….that’s an extra 15 hundred calls a year. Response officers are now dealing with around 300 emergency calls a day, a workload that is stretching the force and occasionally causing delays.
The problem has been made worse by a backlog of officers waiting for required driver-training to attend 999 calls.
NO RUSH TO REPLACE THE OLD APOLLO CLUB BUILDING
It’s expected to be some time before a start is made on replacing the former Apollo club building at its Harleston site.
It will be later this year before developers McCarthy and Stone intend to submit plans for approval to build nearly 50 retirement homes on the site in Mendham Lane. The company says the development will help to satisfy a growing need for housing for the elderly in the town.
The former club building was demolished earlier this year after closing its doors a few years ago.
CONCERN OVER EXCESS SPEEDING BY DRIVERS
Nearly 340 drivers have been recorded by police travelling at speeds of more than a hundred miles an hour in Norfolk in the last two years..
A total of 179 motorists were caught in the county in 2017 and 160 last year. The figures have been released by the Brake road safety charity, which is now calling for more road policing and an automatic ban for drivers speeding excessively. The highest speed recorded in Norfolk was 144 miles an hour…on the A47.