HTP shortlisted for planning industry award!

RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2018

The Heritage Triangle Project is nominated for prestigious planning industry award.

The Heritage Triangle Project is a finalist in the category for prestigious planning industry award at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018. The RTPI Awards are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for over 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

The Heritage Triangle Project is a £3.2 million HLF funded project to regenerate the historic quarter of Diss town centre through the 3 main strands to this project which included the restoration and extension of Diss Corn Hall, improvements to the streetscape, the Heritage Triangle area and installation of the garden and boardwalk across the Mere to create additional public open space and an alternative public access route. This project has reshaped and rejuvenated the historic centre of the traditional East Anglian market town of Diss using its history, social culture and independent individual trades and services to re-establish its identity and brand. It has entailed the co-ordinated efforts of authority, commerce, charities, community and individuals.

Diss Town Mayor, Cllr Trevor Wenman said: “Just to be shortlisted for this national award is an amazing achievement,  and is a credit to the unsung heroes of our community whose dedication, passion and vision took the Heritage Triangle from idea to reality. Diss should be proud.”

John Acres MRTPI, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said: “This year’s finalists reflect the important contribution planners and planning makes to creating great places and tackling the challenges we face across the UK. Planners are taking on new and innovative projects and the finalists show they are succeeding. It’s a huge achievement just to be shortlisted this year given the 6% rise in entries to the awards and the high calibre of entries will make judging very difficult.”

The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at Milton Court at The Barbican, London on 24 May 2018.

Tickets to the ceremony are on sale.

 

Chinese New Year arrives in St Nicholas Street!

Neal Liu, owner of Diss’ popular Chinese takeaway/restaurant approached Diss Town Council recently with the idea of wanting to celebrate Chinese New Year in the heart of Diss with a fab chinese lantern display on St Nicholas Street!

After further discussion, Neal’s idea was accepted and encouraged by Heritage Triangle traders who also loved the idea!

Neal ordered the lanterns especially from China to mark the occasion and wanted to do something different in the town. He told us, “I wanted to share celebrations of Chinese New Year with the community of Diss! It’s something different for the town to enjoy.”

Chinese New Year officially begins on Friday 16th February 2018. We think you’ll agree that they add a great pop of colour to St Nicholas Street! Well done Happy Palace! 

UK Government to roll out Smart Meters to all before 2020!

The Government is currently rolling out smart meters into all homes and businesses before 2020. However, research shows that a huge percentage of the population are still not aware of the options available.

Provided below are links to full guides for domestic and non-domestic smart meters handed to us by the Government.

Non-domestic 

Domestic 

For more information about smart meters, please click here.

Diss Carnival 2018-Theme announced!

This year’s Diss Carnival Committee are excited to announce that this year’s theme will be “Water Wonderland”.

We want to celebrate our town’s greatest attraction, The Mere. The Mere, and water itself, is symbolised on nearly all town crests and emblems, it defines our great town. The theme opens up many a watery interpretation, and we hope to see everything from Mermaids and Pirates, to Shoals of fish, Whales and Canoeists!

The Carnival Committee are now taking bookings for all aspects of the Carnival, and will be revealing news of this year’s attractions over the next few months via their Facebook page, twitter and website, as well as via local papers and Park Radio.

Application forms for those wanting to be part of the Carnival are now available at www.diss-carnival.co.uk    To contact the Carnival Crew, email to www.facebook.com/DissCarnival/  or telephone Diss Town Council 01379 643848.

Diss Town Guide 2018/19

Diss Town Guide 2018/19

The new Diss Town Guide has just launched to all residents of Diss. If you would like to purchase a copy for a friend or perhaps you live outside of Diss but would benefit from having a copy, they are available to buy from Diss Publishing Bookshop, Diss Museum and the Mercury office on Mere Street.


 

Councillor vacancies

Diss Town Council is now looking for three new councillors.  If you’re interested in making a difference in your community, we’d love to hear from you!

Applicants must be over 18 and a citizen of the UK, EU or Commonwealth and live or work within 3 miles of Diss. No formal qualifications required, just a commitment to doing what’s best for the town. Please note: Town Councillors are volunteers. This is an unpaid position.

Download an application form here and return to us by 14th March 2018.

We’d like to extend our gratitude to Councillors Graham Minshull, David Traube and Mike Bardwell for the support and contributions they have made over many years service.

 

Quaker Wood Calendars still available, now half price!

Buy your Quaker Wood calendar today!

We still have Quaker Wood calendars available to purchase from the Council Offices, now at the discounted price of £3.50 instead of £7! They contain an excellent selection of high quality photos of the woodland throughout the seasons plus monthly comments from Richard Mabey (woodland patron & acclaimed local nature writer.) A wonderful gift for Christmas too…

The new Big C Charity Shop needs your help!

Stock and Volunteers Needed for New Big C Diss Shop

Norfolk’s cancer charity, Big C, is opening a new shop in Diss in January 2018 and is asking local people if they can help with stock donations, or volunteering opportunities.

The charity needs donations of stock with which to fill its new shop fittings. If you are having a pre-Christmas de-clutter at home, requested items include good quality clothing, shoes and accessories, household objects, decorative accessories, books, CDs and bric-a-brac. The shop will have a particular focus on furniture and craft.

A ‘drop-off and meet’ open-weekend is being held at the new store on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September when the team would love to receive donations between 10am and 4pm. The shop is located at Unit D, Victoria Retail Centre, Diss. Free parking is available outside.

Big C would also love to hear from volunteers who would like to help support the shop managers in running the store. Duties include sorting stock and helping on the tills.

New addition to the Heritage Triangle gardens!

A new addition to the Heritage Triangle Gardens!

The Diss and District Rotary Club has kindly donated a bench to the new wildlife gardens in the Heritage Triangle. The Town Mayor, Councillor Trevor Wenman, attended the official handover on Monday 4th December at 1pm and accepted the bench from Rotary Club members, Alison Bannister and Clive Sinfield.

The bench provides a place to sit and relax with a beautiful view of the Mere. We hope many of you will enjoy this new addition and thanks again to the Rotary Club for your generous contribution.