September 2017 Part 1 – Going round in Triangles

The Corn Hall so far had been a great success since its re-opening, but the other part of the Heritage Triangle project: the streetscape scheme and the Wildlife garden and boardwalk behind the council offices was reaching its conclusion in early September. An event was planned for 8th September, to coincide with the national heritage open days, to show off the area to the general public and to give them a chance to walk on water…

2nd September – Volunteering Time

The Heritage Triangle is a community project and the final touches – the planting of trees and bedding plants around the triangle needed volunteers to help with it. So I dusted off my gardening gloves and got stuck in on a bright Sunday morning.

A green-fingered volunteer helping with theHeritage Triangle Planting – Sunday 2nd September 2017

In truth I did get my hands dirty with a bit of planting, but mostly I helped by barrowing around compost and sweeping up afterwards. But the results were quite stunning.

5th September – Norfolk Scouts Council AGM – Dereham

Not the totally dry and boring meeting you might have assumed. There was a fascinating presentation from a group of scouts from Norfolk who who had been to the  15th World Scout Moot in Iceland from 25 July – 2 August 2017. The Moot brought  together up to 5000 young adults between the ages of 18 to 25, for what seemed a fantastic time.

8th September – Heritage Open Day

One of the best bits of August, when we were supposed to be having a bit of a break from Council duties was walking round the Heritage Triangle devising a set of questions for people to answer on a prize quiz. The quiz utilised the “toblerone” boards as source of the information to answer the quiz. The board outside the Corn Hall held the answer to question 11 :

The Corn Hall “toblerone” before it was demolished by a dozy driver (Happily now (November) replaced).

Unfortunately, someone reversed into it a week before the open day, so we had to devise a new question.

The day itself was a great success . We had coffee from COW (coffee on wheels!) a barbecue provided by Browns the Butchers and  roving buskers (including a strange chap in a hat reciting poetry.

Leo Wainwright “the busking bard” (or was that beard?)

And of course the boardwalk was open. Dinsdale came to see, but didn’t venture down for fear of getting his feet wet.

Dinsdale Duck pays a flying visit to the Triangle 8th September2017

The next week was spent handing our the prizes for the triangle trail, of which more elsewhere on the website :

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August 2017 – Loud shirts and a Purple Patch

A little quieter in August, but we did have some time away in Devon for my Mum’s 80th Birthday in

Loud Shirts

We got back just in time for the Big Sing at St Mary’s Church (on our wedding anniversary – is there a theme here?). Partly because of the time of year coinciding with two family birthdays and wedding anniversary we had never managed to get to the Big Sing before. The legendary Gerry Hoskin organised it, as he has done the previous 12  years, and compered the event in a lovely light hearted  double act with the Rector, Tony Billett. I use the term legendary advisedly because… well easier to demonstrate with this photo…

Gerry Hoskin at the Big Sing 6th August 2017, St Mary’s Church, Diss

It was a great time (as you may realise by now both Fiona and I like a good sing). Gerry’s shirt was loud, but the singing was louder. It was all in a good cause of course, and a collection was made for the Fire Service Benevolent Fund.

A Purple Patch

A charity event of a different kind took us to Scole on the following Sunday for Clare’s game. This was a really fun way to commemorate the life of a young lady called Clare Mackmin who tragically died as the result of an epileptic seizure whilst expecting her first child, who also sadly could not be saved. Her friends and family rallied round to make something positive of it, and hit on the idea of a charity football match between a team of friends (captained by Clare’s husband, Shaun, and a team from Glazing Vision, who are based in Sawmills Road.

This is a photo taken before the match:

Clares Team and the Glazing Vision Team, Scole Football Ground 13th August 2017

 The purple strip belongs to Clare’s team. This was her favourite colour, and the colour of the Epilepsy Society, for which the match raised funds. Clare’s team won 10-1 in a really enjoyable and light-hearted game. It was a humbling experience to see a group of people pulling together to make something so positive out of such a tragedy. There was a piece in the Diss Express at the time, and they have done some more fund-raising events since.

The last day of the month saw an invitation to Splice Creative – one of Diss’ hidden gems in the form of a media company in Mere Street that was having a party to celebrate its first birthday.

Trevor Wenman

Town Mayor

Diss Heritage Triangle-Overnight resurfacing on Church Street

Diss Heritage Triangle – Regeneration Scheme – overnight resurfacing on Church Street

As part of the Diss Heritage Triangle works we were required to remove the double yellow lines to coincide with the new Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ). This involved the removal of the double yellow lines throughout the triangle. Where there was no resurfacing works completed it was required that the lines be removed through a high-powered line removal jet.

When the lines were removed on Church Street, it unfortunately caused some minor damage to the road surface close to the kerb line. To avoid future maintenance issues developing in that area we will be resurfacing the full width of the carriageway.

As this is a busy street in the centre of town we have programmed the work to take place overnight to minimise disruption. We plan to carry out the work between 7pm-7am on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 November 2017. The work is weather dependent so in the event of bad weather we may need to carry out the resurfacing later in the week on the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night.

To complete the works Church Street will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians with a vehicle diversion route in place via Mount Street and Uplands Way and a pedestrian route sign posted.

The Emergency services are aware of the traffic management but will always have access to properties if required.

The works will cost approximately £6,000 and are being carried out by Norfolk County Council’s Community and Environmental Services Department and their contractors.

For Further Information

Jordan Charlick, Norfolk County Council Assistant Technician – 0344 800 8020

Up-to-date information about roadworks in Norfolk is available on the County Council website at www.norfolk.gov.uk/roadworks 

Parish Boundary Review

South Norfolk Council is undertaking a community governance review, which they are required to do periodically.

Diss Town Council proposed changes to create a logically defined boundary between Diss and Roydon to remove confusion to the north and west of Diss over which streets are in which parish. In response, South Norfolk Council proposed the inclusion of Tottington Lane. They will decide after taking account of all responses received once the consultation period has ended.

The parish boundary location should have no effect on school catchments, ecclesiastical parish boundaries, house prices, property registration, or land for development.

Understandably, one of the main concerns is the cost impact for Roydon residents. The most affected households would face a potential annual increase of around £140 or £12 per month based on the Diss 2017/18 Band D household figure. The Town Council’s element of the total council tax bill is 9%.

Diss taxpayers help to maintain and improve many facilities and amenities including, to name a few, the Park & Mere, Market, Cemetery, the Diss Youth & Community Centre and the Corn Hall; support community groups; organise two key annual events; and, decorate the town with bunting and Christmas lights.

This review is completely different from the recent Boundary Commission review of District Council ward boundaries which determined that Diss and Roydon would be merged as one district ward with three councillors (instead of two separate wards with four between them).

Park Radio is on track to be on-air before Christmas!

 

Park Radio took another step closer to it’s launch on Sunday 1st October, when the broadcasting mast that will transmit from Diss was installed.  The mast, originally owned by Peachman Investigations of Long Stratton, had not been used for several years. The mast was then reconditioned for it’s new use by Mike Harper Engineering and his team based at the Heywood and transported to it’s new position at the Diss Youth and Community Centre (DYCC) which is also set to be the new home for the Park Radio studios.  The mast will transmit to Diss, Eye and surrounding areas including Redgrave, Botesdale, Mellis, Dickleburgh and New Buckenham.  A second mast will be installed at a later date in Harleston to increase coverage.  

Park Radio’s Diss mast will operate on the FM frequency using 107.6FM with the Harleston mast using 105.2FM, and the station is on course for being on-air before Christmas, after winning a five year community broadcast licence from OFCOM.

To keep up to date with Park Radio, you can follow them on Facebook @parkradiodissImage may contain: 9 people, people smiling, people standing, sky and outdoor

 

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!