Town Councillor vacancy filled!

 

 

We have a new Town Councillor!

We’re very excited to introduce our new Town Councillor, Sonia Browne! Sonia has lived in Diss for six years with her son, Rafa, and works for Diss Citizens Advice as an Advice and Domestic Abuse Champion, supporting others in crisis.

She is a keen volunteer and an active member of the community, currently volunteering as a Parent Governor at Diss High School and a Mental Health Wellbeing Navigator for Mind/Wellbeing.

Sonia is passionate about allowing all citizens in Diss to have a voice. She has a wonderful ability to listen to others, using her vast experience to engage with the public and appreciate their opinions and ideas.

Her key interests are maintaining the cleanliness of the town, addressing traffic congestion, raising funds for developing the town and supporting the needs of the community.

Sonia joins the Heritage & Facilities Committee and Community Engagement Committee.

We congratulate Sonia on her new voluntary role and welcome her into the team!

 

Heritage Triangle Project Completion

Heritage Triangle Project Launch Event- Saturday 9th September 2017

After months of hard work and effort with this fantastic project, the end is in sight! To celebrate the completion of the boardwalk & gardens, the Corn Hall renovation and new streetscape scene, we’re hosting an event. From 11am-4pm, the Triangle will be filled with entertainment including street performers, organs, poetry reading, a yummy BBQ and the lovely Heritage Triangle Traders welcome you to visit them on your way round. Take a walk through the beautiful gardens and admire the Mere from the new boardwalk. It really is a spectacular sight!

Our favourite duck Dinsdale will be waddling round to greet you all and encourage you to take part in “Dinsdale’s Triangle Trail”. Starting at the Corn Hall, collect your trail form to begin. Follow the clues, spot Dinsdale’s duck friends in local shop windows and answer his questions around the Triangle for your chance to win some fantastic prizes donated by local traders!

This is a fantastic opportunity for Diss and we hope you all enjoy the new space. Spread the word!

 

Upcoming events 2017

We can’t quite believe how quick this year is going! We’re now over halfway through 2017 and so far, it’s been filled with lots of great events! As we approach August, here are some useful August dates for your diaries:

Sunday 6th August is a busy day for the town!

  • A car boot sale on the park hosted by the Royal British Legion from 7am-11am, £5 per pitch.
  •  The Big Sing takes place at St Mary’s Church in aid of the Fire Fighters Charity with members of                                     the service present on the night. Doors open at 6pm with the singing commencing at 6.30pm.

 

  •                                    The Diss Heritage Transport Fayre is also happening from 11am-5pm in the town centre and Heritage Triangle. With great entertainment including a classic car display, live music, mini beer festival and lots of stalls to browse. Some shops in the town will also have extended opening hours.

Saturday 12th August

  • Park Alive 2017 is fast approaching on 12th August, hosted by the Diss & District Rotary Club in our lovely park. From 5pm-9.45pm, the park will come alive with live music, complemented by a bar, barbeque and raffle. The event is free entry and any profits from the event will go to the charities supported by the Rotary Club.

For information on other upcoming local events, please visit our what’s on page. Enjoy!

New car parking machines

As you may have seen, the new car parking machines are now in operation across the town’s eight district council-owned and operated car parks. They now provide a variety of payment options as well as a ‘pay on exit’ option. For free one-hour parking, press the ‘Free Parking’ button on the front of the machine, followed by the ‘green’ confirm button and a one-hour free display ticket will be issued.

If you will be parking for more than one hour, you can either purchase a ticket for the amount of time you plan to be (ie £1 for 2 hours) or you can choose the ‘pay on exit’ option. For this, follow the ‘Check-in, Check-out’ procedure instructions on the machine but don’t forget to ‘Check-out’ before driving out of the car park. The appropriate fee will be calculated based on your length of stay.

Heritage Triangle Project Update

I’m sure you’ll be pleased to hear that the roadworks around the Heritage Triangle area are almost complete and we can now enjoy a pedestrian-friendly environment with less vehicle domination. In the next couple of weeks, final work to install the street furniture and planters will be completed.

The workers have been doing a fantastic job on the boardwalk and gardens. The floating pontoon is in place and awaits the installation of the wooden boardwalk including railings. Unfortunately, the lower retaining wall collapsed following recent heavy rainfall however, this is now being replaced with a block wall which will provide a stronger support for the viewing platforms.

The gardens are looking great so far! Trees have been planted, and turf and paths laid in the garden. The final element of the project, to resurface the Council Offices car park, is scheduled for the week commencing 21st August.

Feel free to come and have a look at the progress at the back of the Council Offices. Once completed, this will be a fantastic asset for the town to enjoy the new space and admire our beautiful Mere. We’re excited to see the finished result!

Post Office Meeting

Over 100 people turned out to the public meeting tonight to discuss the future of the Post Office, organised by Brigitte Butcher.

A vote in favour of the Post Office staying where it is was unanimous. A number of people offered to work with Brigitte to keep fighting to save the Diss Crown Post Office. The Town Council and Richard Bacon will continue to support the campaign and look for an innovative solution.

 

Don’t Miss Diss’ Party of the Year!

Since its revival in 2008, Diss Carnival has gone from strength to strength – it’s the annual party that the whole town get involved in. Residents and visitors alike line the streets of Diss to watch the traditional procession through the town then join in the entertainment at the Fun Day.

This year, the Carnival is set to be bigger and better than ever before, celebrating Carnival Through the Ages. Taking place right in the heart of Diss, in the Park, we’ve got plenty of fun in store. Expect the unexpected, from Vikings to Vintage Vehicles – and everything in between. Meander around the iconic Mere and enjoy the stalls and activities, or join us ringside for some fantastic entertainment!

Not only are we in a brand new location, but we’ve got some new activities to keep the whole family entertained. This year, we’re proud to present our very own It’s A Knockout Games. We’ve got five inflatable challenges for the teams to complete in, from Sumo Suits to a Bucking Pig, as well as games in the arena.

The Procession kicks off from the High School at 12.45pm, finishing at the Park. The Fun Day will run from 1pm – 5.30pm. We’ve been generously supported by businesses across Diss to make this years’ Carnival a FREE event, so come on down to Diss on Sunday 11th June and celebrate all things Carnival! With so much taking place throughout the day, make sure to pick up a copy of the Diss Carnival 2017 programme (available from 20th May) so you don’t miss a thing! Available for just £1 at retailers throughout Diss and at the Town Council offices.

For more information or to get involved, visit www.diss-carnival.co.uk or contact us via Facebook or twitter @disscarnival

Heritage Triangle Streetscape: FAQ

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Update to the Heritage Triangle Street Regeneration

As you are probably aware, the street regeneration scheme in the Heritage Triangle is on the way! We are working with the Heritage Triangle Project and Norfolk County Council to make sure the works cause as little disruption to residents and businesses as possible.

Business will be open as usual and access to the town centre will always be possible. There will however be alternative routes to exit the town. Car Parks will all be open as usual.

For all enquiries, please contact Paul Groom on 0344 800 8020.

The Heritage Triangle Team have created a handy set of Frequently asked questions you can view here.

Click here to view the information letter from Norfolk County Council

Below are more detailed plans of the road closures during the works:

MLPP/27368/CC/05 St Nicholas Street, Market Hill, Market Place – Road Closure Diversion refers to the full road closure.

Route MLPP/27468/CC/03 Markert Hill – Diversion Route Layout shows phase one of the road closures.

MLPP/27368/CC/01 St Nicholas Street – Diversion Route Layout Shows phase two of the road closures.

Completing the Heritage Triangle Scheme

As a key partner in the Heritage Triangle Project, Diss Town Council borrowed £200,000 in 2015 as its contribution towards the £3.2m Project.  One of the risks identified was that the Project costs may over-run (as is often the case with such historic and therefore complex buildings) so the option to borrow further money was retained.

The Town Council also agreed to underwrite the Project to the value of £130,000 to cover what was at that time, a funding shortfall, in order to get permission to start from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The Project team managed to fundraise far more than their goals, but despite their best efforts, the Project has over-run its original budget and a bid for an additional £235,000 has been submitted to the HLF to help get this Project completed.

If the bid is successful, this extra money will be subject to the Town Council honouring its original commitment of £130,000 which means we must take out a further loan to this value. However, the loan repayments would be offset by savings we have made elsewhere in the budget, meaning it will not impact on residents.

We have worked very hard not to raise our share of Council Tax over the last few years. Unfortunately, largely due to considerable reductions in government grants, Diss Town Council has had to increase its share of Council Tax by £14 for the 2017/18 financial year.  We will keep striving for cost savings in what we do, whilst maintaining and improving our services, so that you receive quality and value for money.

As always we encourage you to get in touch to tell us what you think – visit our website at www.diss.gov.uk, email towncouncil@diss.gov.uk or call 01379 643848, 9.30am – 3pm, Mon – Fri.