LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 30/7/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 30 July, 2018
PLANS TO REBUILD ROYDON HALL
Plans have gone in to rebuild part of an 18th-century listed building at Roydon, damaged by a bomb during the Second World war.
The new owners of Roydon Hall are looking to rebuild the east corner of the red brick mansion, after buying the building in Hall Lane for £1.7 million.
The three-storey hall, along with 10 acres of grounds, was one of the most expensive houses to be sold in Norfolk last year.
The plans, submitted to South Norfolk council, propose reinstating the original form of the hall by removing the current 1950s structures, as well as building a new swimming pool.
MUSIC FESTIVAL HOPES TO RETURN
Organisers of the first-ever music festival to be held in Diss are hoping to run the event again next year.
The three-day event over the weekend has been called a success, after attracting about 3 thousand people.
But the festival also brought some complaints from people living near the park about the loud music.
Organisers say they will look at ways to reduce possible noise nuisance for any future event.
CROWDS TURN OUT FOR AIRSHOW
The Old Buckenham air show also attracted the crowds to the local airfield at the weekend.
Some of the air displays had to be restricted because of the weather conditions, especially on Sunday.
There was praise for the pilots of the planes who managed to fly in some of the trickiest conditions yet experienced at the show.
LOCAL DISTRICT COUNCIL BUYS PROPERTY IN HERTFORDSHIRE
Mid Suffolk council is continuing with a controversial policy to invest in property outside of its area.
It’s joined with Babergh council in buying a seventh retail investment outside of Suffolk, this time in Hemel Hempstead.
The two councils share a joint investment company which has invested half of a total £50 million fund into property assets
FUNDRAISING CONTINUES FOR DISS BOY WITH RARE GENETIC DISEASE
A fund-raising campaign, to send a young Diss boy abroad for vital stem cell treatment, has reached half of its target figure.
Sian and Carl Wright have raised more than £12,000 in funds for their two-year-old son Jack, who has a rare genetic disease.
The family got a boost of more than £2,000 from a fun day held in Loddon recently.
SPECIAL TRAINING TO HELP POLICE CLEAR ACCIDENTS
Police in South Norfolk are getting special training to clear away road accidents and vehicles that have broken down.
The aim is to reduce the time spent at the scene by removing obstructions in the road more quickly.
It’s also aimed at reducing the risk to officers from passing traffic.
A purposely built Ford Ranger has been sent to Diss along with another to Wymondham to allow officers to drag or upright damaged vehicles.
WEEKEND RAIN ENDS LONG DRY SPELL
The long run of more than 50 days without rain finally came to an end Thunderstorms.
Thunder storms brought periods of heavy rain on Friday night…followed by strong winds and showers at times for the rest of the weekend.
Both police and the fire service reported a high volume of calls caused by the storms, including some localised flooding but there was no major incident.
This followed a top temperature on Friday of just under 35 degrees recorded at Tibenham.