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! 

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.


Diss Town Mayor’s Charity Ball 2018

The Diss Town Mayor, Councillor Trevor Wenman will be hosting a Charity Ball on Saturday 24th March 2018 at the newly renovated Corn Hall! The evening is in aid of his two chosen charities; Mind Uk & Tearfund. 

Guests will receive the following:

  • Champagne Reception & Professional Photo Opportunity- photos can then be purchased for £10 with some of the proceeds going to the charities.
  • 3 Course Meal provided by local caterers, Anglia Catering and tea/coffee to follow.
  • Charity Auction with lots of fantastic prizes donated by local businesses- 
  • Live music from local Funk & Soul band ‘Grooveapolitan’!

We’re encouraging local businesses to join us in support of this event -tables available for up to 12 guests!

If you’re interested, please download the pdf, complete the attached form with your menu choices & payment and return to us by 24th February. For any questions about the event, please contact the Town Council on 01379 643848 or E:

Download full details hereDiss Town Mayor’s Charity Ball 2018 invitation

Find out more information about our Town Mayor, Cllr Trevor Wenman and why not check out his Mayor Moments Blog by clicking here.

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.

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 :


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