Mere’s Mouth Toilets

Diss Town Council (DTC) welcomes the District Council’s reminder of the commitments made by both DTC and South Norfolk Council (SNC) in 2015. If given the opportunity, DTC will fulfil its obligation to take on responsibility for the Mere’s Mouth toilets when SNC has fulfilled its obligations under the same agreement.

The Town Council’s April decision was based solely on revised proposals put forward by SNC. This return to our mutual obligations made in 2015, effectively nullifies that April decision. The situation is further complicated by the existence of a lease between SNC & the landowner (Diss Parochial Charities).

SNC gave £400,000 towards the construction in the Heritage Triangle. The conditions of the money being granted were that it could only be spent on the Heritage Triangle project and required public toilets to be provided in the Cornhall and the tourist Information office to be moved from its kiosk site.

The Town Council has been budgeting for the maintenance of the Mere’s Mouth toilets with the full intention of fulfilling its obligations.

Two surveys commissioned by SNC lead them to conclude that their £80,000 budget was insufficient to rectify the identified structural problems and in their view the buildings were best demolished. DTC was offered the £80,000 to take on the refurbishment at their own risk. However, given that the experts at SNC had not identified the additional costs involved and were not prepared to take on the risk themselves, DTC concluded it was not appropriate to put that burden on the taxpayers of Diss.

We would be happy to meet with Kay Mason-Billig to clarify the points where she feels there is confusion and to move the process forward. We do feel it is high time that the community in Diss, including our MP, were made aware of the facts surrounding the Mere’s Mouth toilets.

DTC is very happy to “face up to its responsibilities” as Richard Bacon says. Perhaps he could also urge SNC to do the same.

Note

The full details of the 2015 agreement are available under a Freedom of Information request and DTC urges any interested parties to obtain a copy this way.

Vacancy for Diss Town Clerk

Vacancy for the position of Town Clerk. 

Diss Town Council is located in South Norfolk close to the Suffolk border. The Town Council currently have 13 councillors and serve a population of over 7500.

The Town Council is a forward-looking authority who are constantly looking to promote the historic features of this quaint market town and ensure that development is complementary to the area.   We are seeking a new Clerk who will help shape the way we operate and work closely with members of the Council to bring about the changes we seek.  The post becomes vacant in September but if the right person is available sooner this would be considered. Salary will be based on local government scales plus personal experience.

You will be a proven leader and innovator and able to develop and maintain productive working relationships with members of the Council and colleagues within our organisation and beyond.  As well as demonstrating success in administrative management in a complex environment; and a solid understanding of local government; you will be an exceptional communicator, including adding value in community engagement. Providing clear and expert advice to the council and assisting in the development of our policies, your financial management and IT skills will be strong.

You will need to hold iLCA/CiLCA or be prepared to gain these qualifications following appointment.

The role is 37 hours per week.

Please call us on 01379 643848 for more information

The closing date for applications is Friday June 8th 2018.

Interviews will take place during the remainder of June at our Diss Office.

Please complete and send in a copy of our application form (plus CV) with full details of experience to date to:  Cllr Julian Mason, Council Leader, Diss Town Council, 11-12 Market Hill, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4JZ.

For further information, job description and job specification, please contact us on towncouncil@diss.gov.uk

Water Wonderland arrives in Diss for Carnival!

A brand new Carnival competition starts on Monday in Diss! 40 local businesses will be taking part in the Water Wonderland Window Dressing Competition to get into Carnival spirit this year!

Make sure you check out the fabulous window displays as you browse the shops of Diss between 21st May-11th June!

We couldn’t resist getting creative with our windows for Carnival!! 

Keep up to date with plans for Diss Carnival on their website- click here. 

Diss Town Mayor raises £1068 for his chosen charities!

At last night’s Annual Meeting of Full Council, cheques were presented to the Diss Town Mayor’s chosen charities; Norwich Mind & Tearfund, both very close to his heart.

Both charities received £534 each from money raised at various events lead by the Town Mayor in his Mayoral year.

Pictured below: Andy Robertson from Tearfund and Sarah Ingram from Norwich Mind.

Cllr Trevor Wenman was also re-elected to continue his role as Diss Town Mayor for another year by his fellow Town Councillors.

Almost 40 Diss traders to dress their shops in Carnival theme!

A brand new Carnival competition arrives with a splash from 21st May-11th June!

Almost 40 shop windows in Diss will be decorated in this year’s Carnival theme: Water Wonderland!

The best looking shop window will be chosen during Carnival weekend and the winner will receive their very own unique trophy and free editorial in the South Norfolk LINK magazine!

We can’t wait to see the various ideas and interpretations of the theme!

Diss Heritage Transport Fayre 2018

Diss Heritage Transport Fayre 2018.

Sunday August 12th will see the fourth annual Diss Heritage Transport Fayre, organised and run by the Diss Heritage Traders Group. The fayre has grown every year, and this year it will be even bigger and better, as vehicles will be displayed not only in the Heritage Triangle, but also in Mere Street and the Market Place.

The historic town centre will be graced with wonderful classic cars, vintage commercial vehicles, bygone public service transport, motor cycles, bikes, pedal cars etc, and as before the 1940’s petrol filling station will again pop up at the entrance to Cobbs Yard, in Saint Nicholas Street.

Vehicle owners are being encouraged to wear suitable dress, to match the era of their motors, and prizes will be awarded to those whose period costume is considered the best in keeping with their classic vehicle.

Music will be provided by The Diss Ukaholics ensemble, Morris dancers, Organ grinders and street musicians.

The town’s cafes, restaurants, deli’s, pubs and shops will open for the day and along with street food vendors, no one need go hungry.

The Heritage wildlife garden and Mere boardwalk are major attractions, in the Triangle, where you can actually walk on water! The wonderful Corn Hall recently restored and extended will host a display of period motor cycles, in the courtyard.

There is something for everyone, young or old and the theme for the day is step back in time.

Anyone wishing to display a vehicle or would like to help on the day, please email annechyde@gmail.com or telephone Peter Hyde on 01379 741414.

 

Become a Health Goal Volunteer!

We are looking for compassionate and friendly people to join us as Health Goal Volunteers for the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust in South of Norfolk. This exciting new role involves supporting patients to achieve a particular goal that will improve their health and wellbeing; for example, joining a group to pursue a hobby and to make new friends.

Volunteers will visit the client weekly for around 2-3 hours per week, for a period of 2-8 weeks, depending on the goal the individual would like to achieve. All volunteers will receive full training, including the opportunity to attend a 2 day course in Health Coaching, and ongoing support. This is a great opportunity to make a real difference to your local community.

For more information about becoming a Health Goal volunteer, please contact Pavlina Parashkevova, Volunteer Co-Ordinator (South) on 01603 272336 or email volunteering@nchc.nhs.uk