LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 28/06/2019
Written by Mike Stewart on 29 June, 2019
TOWN CENTRE STORE TO CLOSE IN DISS
A national chain of newsagents’ shops has decided to close its business in Diss.
McColls has decided not to renew the lease on its town centre convenience store in Mere Street. A closing date has still to be confirmed for the store, which is one of a few in the town still delivering newspapers. McColls also has branches in Harleston and Eye.
CROWDS BOOST SHOW FOR A SECOND YEAR
Organisers of the Royal Norfolk Show say this year’s attendance figures at the event confirm that it’s ‘back on track’.
They estimate the attendance was about 85,000, a repeat of last year’s figures, which were the highest for ten years.
CONSULTATION PLANNED OVER PARISH FIELDS SITE
People in Diss are to be given a chance to have a say on plans to build on historic undeveloped land, near the town centre.
Developers have announced an open event to allow the public to give their views on a proposal to build 24 retirement homes on the Parish Fields site. The consultation about the proposal, on the green-space site between Shelfanger Road and Mount Street, is set for July 15th at the town’s Youth and Community Centre.
PASSENGER SATISFACTION INCREASES IN GREATER ANGLIA AREA
A new survey shows that rail passengers are becoming more satisfied with train services in the Greater Anglia area.
The rate of satisfaction has increased to 80 per cent compared to the previous year, that’s a rise of four per cent.
CONCERN OVER TRAVELLERS ON WORTHAM LING
There’s growing concern about a group of travellers who have moved on to a ‘site of special interest’ at Wortham.
Two caravans and several vehicles have been on Wortham Ling for about two months and villagers are worried that more will join them over the summer.
There’s a ban on camping and caravanning on the land under by-laws, which are enforced by Mid Suffolk Council. It’s understood that the council is in talks with the local Traveller’s Service and the owner of the land, who runs a nearby business.
WARTIME HUTS TO BE CONVERTED INTO A HOME AFTER SELLING AT AUCTION
Two old Nissen huts on the former RAF airbase at Fersfield have been bought for around £120,000.
The huts, among 300 built during the Second World War at the base, have been sold at auction to a local buyer. They were put on sale with planning permission to convert into a three-bedroom home.