LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 28/05/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 28 May, 2019
PARISHES COME OUT AGAINST SERVICE AREA SIGNS
Three parish councils are objecting to a new proposal by McDonalds for their signs at the recently-opened service area at Stuston.
They’ve protested to Mid Suffolk council over the restaurant chain’s change in location for three illuminated signs, attached to a 12-metre post at the side of the service area.
Scole parish council says it remains concerned about light and noise pollution from the site affecting the ecology of the area, especially nearby Pocket Park. Stuston and Brome parishes have also expressed concern, with, it seems, building work on the restaurant remaining on hold for the time being.
CHURCH GROUP STILL LOOKING FOR NEW HOME
A church group in Harleston says that it will continue to look for a new base in the town.
Hope Church has expressed disappointment at the demolition of the former Apollo Club in Mendham Lane, earlier this month. The group had offered to buy the building and convert it into a permanent community hub.
Now the group plans to continue a search for a new home and is keen to hear of other possible options for a base in the town.
EURO WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THE EAST
The Brexit Party will be sending three MEPs to Brussels from the East of England after the results of the Euro elections were announced.
The party finished with most votes in the region, with UKIP, Labour and the Conservatives all heavily losing share. The other winners were Liberal Democrats with two seats and the Greens with their first seat in Brussels locally. The Conservatives managed to hold one seat.
In South Norfolk, the Brexit party got 14,288 votes, Liberals in second place polled 9,495 and the Greens 6,547. Conservatives and Labour finished fourth and fifth.
BANNED DRIVER STOPPED ON TOWN’S MAIN STREET
Police say that they’ve stopped a disqualified motorist driving a car through Diss town centre.
The banned driver was pulled over by a police patrol in Victoria Road on Sunday afternoon. The car was seized, after the driver tested positive for cannabis and was found to have no licence or insurance.
FINAL PLANS FOR ‘PRE-HISTORIC’ CARNIVAL
Final plans for this year’s Diss Carnival will be completed later today.
The carnival committee, which organises the event for the town council, will meet to finalise arrangements. The carnival takes place on Sunday week, June 9th with a pre-historic theme, under the title of ‘Pre-diss-tonic’.
TOWN PREPARING FOR APPEAL AGAINST DEMOTION
Harleston Town football club is waiting to find out a date for an appeal against a move to relegate the team.
The club failed to beat a league deadline for completion of ground improvement work, because of delays to planning permission. Work is now well underway at Wilderness Lane on perimeter fencing and the pitch has been extended by an extra six metres.
The club is hoping an appeal will result in them staying in the Thurlow Nunn first division north next season.