Advanced Road Closure Notice


Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984 – Section 14(2)

Norfolk County Council GIVE NOTICE that owing to a burst water main the use by vehicles of the U76270 Walcot Road from 100 metres southwest of its junction with U76270 Walcot Green southwards for a distance of 40 metres in the TOWN OF DISS will be temporarily prohibited from 13th August 2019 to 18th August 2019 for the duration of the works, expected to be about 6 days within the period. If necessary the restriction could run for a maximum period of 21 days.

Alternative route is via: Walcot Road, Uplands Way, Uplands Way, Frenze Road, Frenze Hall Lane, Walcot Green.

(If necessary the restriction could run for a maximum period of 18 months from the date of the Order)

Penalty: £1000 maximum fine on conviction and/or endorsement for contravention

The person dealing with enquiries at Norfolk County Council is Adam Mayo (Community and Environmental Services Department) Telephone 0344 800 8020.






















Free Business Growth Club networking event comes to Diss!

Free business growth and networking events, exclusively for the businesses of Diss

Neil Foley, founder of the Business Growth Club, will be holding 3 FREE business growth & networking events at:

The Diss Youth and Community Centre, Shelfanger Rd, Diss, IP22 4EH on:

Monday 23rd September, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Monday 21st October, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Monday 18th November, 6.30pm – 8.30pm


Neil has delivered over 220 workshops to business owners throughout Norfolk and Suffolk, sharing best practice and his ideas gained over a lifetime in business.

  • Discover how the ‘Three Business Multipliers’ can make a massive difference to your business, and they don’t cost a penny either. Neil will share how these multipliers have worked so well for businesses looking to grow, but don’t want to spend a fortune doing so!
  • In addition, he will cover the ‘Eight Business Boosters’ that can clearly differentiate a business from its competitors, which means we can move the argument away from price and onto value with higher margins. Not rocket science as relatively easy once you know how.


Each session can only accommodate a maximum of 30 people so pre-book a space if you want guaranteed entry. Walk-ins will be accepted, dependant on numbers.

Please contact Neil or Ola to confirm your place:

Neil – 01603 443355 /

Ola – 01953 681 200 /


Facebook: @businessgrowthclub


Diss Town Council, South Norfolk Council & The Business Growth Club

Submissions invited for new recipe book supporting the bereaved

A new book is to be launched next year aimed at helping those who are newly bereaved to learn the art of Cooking for One, along with advice on self-help and wellbeing.

The book will feature anecdotes, stories and recipes from people who have lost a loved one.  Submissions for inclusion in the book are invited now and anyone who has experience of losing a loved one is welcome to take part.  The publishers would particularly like to hear from anyone willing to share their experiences of bereavement as well as ideas for comforting and simple food.

Cooking for One is the brainchild of Norfolk-based Rosedale Funeral Home.  All profits from the venture will be donated to a bereavement charity, which will be chosen shortly.

Director Simon Beckett-Allen will edit the book, which will be in memory of his sister Sarah who died suddenly in 2015.  He says Rosedale’s experience of supporting people after bereavement often shows that vital tasks like cooking are forgotten about after a loved one dies.  “When someone loses a husband, wife or partner after a long relationship their whole world is turned upside down,” he said.

“There are many adjustments that need to be made and new skills to be learned.  Cooking a meal is often the furthest thing on their mind, especially if the person was used to cooking for others and is now on their own.  Alternatively, if someone has lost the person who was the main cook in the household, they may struggle to fend for themselves.”

“We would love to hear from people who have been bereaved that can offer simple, great recipes that will inspire a person on their own to cook for themselves, as well as telling us something about how they coped with the loss of their loved one who we can hopefully then celebrate in the book.”

Submissions are open from now until January next year, when all the entries will be collated and a range of them will be included in the book, which is due to be launched next summer.

For further information about Cooking for One and a link to the submission form, please visit  There is also a printed form available for download on the website for anyone who would rather submit their story and recipe by post.


Two weekend closures of A140 at Hempnall scheduled for roundabout works

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Work to build the new A140 Hempnall roundabout is progressing well, with the scheme that started in May 2019 set for completion by the end of the year.

The next steps will see the A140 closed at the Hempnall junction over two upcoming weekends to allow for road surfaces to be laid on brand-new sections of the route.

Cllr Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure & Transport, said: “As someone who drives this road most days I’m so impressed to see the fantastic progress already made with so little impact on traffic using this busy route. We’re doing this work, which needs the road to be closed, over two weekends in order to minimise disruption.

“I’m grateful for people’s continued patience while we carry out this work which will make the junction safer, help to unlock economic growth and development in the area, and improve access from side roads onto the A140. The short-term pain of the two weekend closures, will be well worth the long-term gain of the vital improvements.”

The roundabout, which is being built to the west of the existing crossroads, has been taking shape over the past two months. Work so far has also included construction of a new section of road where the C497 Bungay Road will meet the roundabout, and the installation of surface water drainage including the creation of lagoons.

The A140 will be closed at the Hempnall junction on the following dates and times:

  • From 8pm on Friday 30 August until 6am on Monday 2 September
  • From 8pm on Friday 6 September until 6am on Monday 9 September

As always, official diversion routes will make sure traffic is directed along routes of the same or higher classification than the closed road. So, while the A140 is closed, signs will direct people along the A143 and A146.

Appropriate diversion routes will also be in place for local traffic – please see plan in link below. It is expected that after the second weekend of work the C497 will be reopened. This road has been temporarily closed at its A140 junction since May 2019.

Up-to-date information about the scheme is available at

Further information

Care has been taken to avoid any clash with rail engineering works and therefore ensure that the A140 closures do not coincide with replacement coach services.

It will also be necessary to close one lane of the A140 on the nights of 9 and 10 September between 8pm and 6am – the road will remain open with temporary traffic lights to allow vehicles to move safely past the work.

In October 2017 the Department for Transport awarded Norfolk County Council £3.05 million towards the £4.57 million cost of the scheme, this includes a £650,770 investment from the LEP via the Government’s Growth Deal programme. The remainder of the funding will come from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Norfolk County Council.

The existing junction, known locally as the Hempnall crossroads, has a poor injury accident record, with eleven personal injury accidents in the last five years (latest available figures run up to the end of May 2019). These accidents resulted in 15 casualties, with one categorised as serious.

Two thirds of the injury accidents involved vehicles emerging from the side roads onto the A140, with the remainder being tail end collisions in traffic and single vehicle loss of control incidents. The roundabout will improve this section of the A140 that has seen a number of collisions over the years and sadly some recent fatalities.

An informal public consultation on the plan, that ran in March and April 2018, showed overwhelming support for the scheme.

All welcome at Norfolk Fire Station Open Days!

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Fire stations at Hunstanton, Great Yarmouth, Wymondham and Norwich are hosting open days.

Members of the public can gain an insight into the work of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service as crews will be on hand to show people the equipment they use and give out safety tips to help residents stay as safe as possible.

Visitors will get the chance to find out more about career opportunities and the day to day work of the service, which as well as fires, floods and road traffic collisions also includes community safety and protection, preventative education projects and partnership working with other emergency services and Norfolk County Council.

The first open day is at Hunstanton Fire Station in King’s Lynn Road this Saturday, 10 August, between 10am and 3pm. Admission is free and as well as learning more about the work of the service, visitors can also meet the Hunstanton lifeboat team who will be there giving talks about water safety.

Carrow Diamond Jubilee Fire Station in Bracondale is hosting an open day on Sunday 25 August from 11am to 4pm. Crews will be demonstrating chip pan fires, road traffic collision rescues and search dog demonstrations as well as taking part in a Mount Everest ladder climb challenge. The service’s urban search and rescue team will be demonstrating a rescue from a confined space. There will also be a bake-off competition and a raffle.

Wymondham Fire Station staff are hosting an open day on Saturday 7 September from 10am to 4pm. Wymondham Fire Cadets and Norfolk Fire Dogs will be carrying out demonstrations and there will be a display from Norfolk Fire Museum. Attractions also include a barbecue, cake stall, refreshments.

Great Yarmouth Fire station is holding an open day on Saturday 14 September from 10am to 3pm. As well as looking at the fire equipment and meeting the crews, visitors can also chat to staff from the Urban Search and Rescue Team, Police Broads Beat team, NARS, Hemsby lifeboat and lowland rescue. There will also be a tombola and refreshments.

Chief Fire Officer Stuart Ruff said: “The open days are a great chance to invite our local communities in to find out more about our work and ask questions about safety or about our work. Crews will be able to give out safety advice and partner agencies will also be showcasing some of their work. All the events are free to attend so please do go along and find out more about Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.”

There are currently vacancies for on-call firefighters in Norfolk. To find out more visit

Community safety teams from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service have also joined forces with Norfolk County Council’s Road Safety Team to carry out car seat checks around the county. The tour includes visits to many supermarket car parks where shoppers can go and have a chat about safety and have their car seats checked for free.

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Cabinet Member for Communities at Norfolk County Council, said: “The car seat checks are a simple, free way that families can ensure their children are safe on journeys this summer. They have been well attended so far and we invite all residents along to their nearest one to get checked.”

Diss, Harleston & Long Stratton’s Safer Neighbourhood Team- Summer Tour!


  Thursday 8th August 2019
08:00 – 09:00 Lower Street – Gissing
09:30 – 10:30 Church Lane – Winfarthing
11:00 – 12:00 Church Road – Aslacton
12:30- 13:30 The Green -Burston
14:30- 15:30 The Street -Brockdish



  Friday 9th August 2019
08:00 – 09:00 Fritton Common
09:30 – 10:30 Hall lane – Wacton
11:00 – 12:00 Pristow Green Lane -Tibenham
12:30- 13:30 Church Walk – Shelfanger
14:30- 15:30 The Street – Dickleburgh


  Saturday 10th August 2019
08:00 – 09:00 Heywood Road -Heywood
09:30 – 10:30 Bungay Road – Scole
11:00 – 12:00 Mere’s Mouth – Diss
12:30- 13:30 High Road – Roydon
14:30- 15:30 Bressingham Garden Centre


  Saturday 17th August 2019
08:00 – 09:00 School Road – Morningthorpe
09:30 – 10:30 Station Road – Pulham st Mary
11:00 – 12:00 Market Place – Harleston
12:30- 13:30 Swan Lane – Long Stratton
14:30- 15:30 The Street – Hardwick


  Sunday 18th August 2019
08:00 – 09:00 Norwich Road – Denton
09:30 – 10:30 The Street – Topcroft
11:00 – 12:00 School Road – Bedingham
12:30- 13:30 The Street – Tharston
14:30- 15:30 High Green – Great Moulton


  Monday 19th August 2019
08:00 – 09:00 Shelton Spot – Shelton
09:30 – 10:30 Millfields – Hempnall
11:00 – 12:00 The Green – Earsham
12:30- 13:30 High Road – Wortwell
14:30- 15:30 High Road- Redenhall


  Tuesday 27th August 2019
08:00 – 09:00 Norwich Road – Thelveton
09:30 – 10:30 Station Road – Tivetshall St Margaret
11:00 – 12:00 The Street – Bunwell
12:30- 13:30 The Street – Aswellthorpe
14:30- 15:30 Low Road – Forncett St Mary


  Wednesday 28th August 2019
08:00 – 09:00 Hardwick Road – Starston
09:30 – 10:30 The Street – Thorpe Abbots
11:00 – 12:00 The Green – Pulham Market
12:30- 13:30 High Road – Needham
14:30- 15:30 Low Road – Alburgh


  Wednesday 4th September 2019
09:30 – 10:30 Dickleburgh Road – Shimpling
11:00 – 12:00 Green Lane – Tivetshall St Mary
12:30- 13:30 Harleston Road – Rushall
14:30- 15:30 Low Road – Billingsford


  Thursday 5th September 2019
09:30 – 10:30 The Street – Fersfield
11:00 – 12:00 Greenways Lane – Carlton Rode
12:30- 13:30 Norwich Road – Tacolneston
14:30- 15:30 Hempnall Road – Woodton


  Friday 6th August 2019
09:30 – 10:30 The Street – Hapton
11:00 – 12:00 Whipps Lane – Fundenhall
12:30- 13:30 Low Road-  Forncett St Peter


Become a Community Volunteer for Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service

Help support your local Fire & Rescue Service and help make a vital difference to people’s lives!

Have you a passion to help people in your local community? Do you want the opportunity to develop new skills and enhance your experience?

Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service community volunteers gave over 1600 hours of time to help keep their communities safer in 2018/19. They deliver important safety messages in Fire Safety, Arson Prevention, Road Safety and Water Safety as well as promoting health and wellbeing.

We encourage applications from people where English is your second language. This can help us widen our protection within local communities.

If you are 18 or over, you could apply to become a volunteer.

To find out more information, please contact: 

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Have you been left in the red by a scam?

If you’ve been the victim of a scam, Norfolk Scam Prevention Service can offer you specialist help and support:

  • Call 101, followed by extension 5483
  • Email:
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Norfolk Scam Prevention Service is a FREE and confidential service offering specialist support to anyone who has been a victim of a scam in Norfolk.

We’ll help you by:

  • Providing a home visit from a trained Police volunteer to talk through what has happened.
  • Offering practical advice on ways to prevent you being a victim of scams in the future
  • Giving you emotional support to help you cope and recover

However you’re feeling after a scam, get in touch with us today!

Together with Norfolk & Suffolk Victim Care, the Norfolk Scam Prevention Service is brought to you by the following partners:

  • Office of The Police & Crime Commissioner for Norfolk
  • Norfolk Constabulary
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