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.

 

2018 Norfolk Community Biodiversity Award -Nominations open!

The Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership’s Community Biodiversity Awards scheme is now accepting nominations for 2018.

Do you know of someone (or a group, school, parish council or business) who is working to make a difference for wildlife, and inspiring others in their community to get involved?
 If so, now is your chance to put them forward for a prestigious Community Biodiversity Award!   This year’s five award categories are: Saving Species; Groups; Young People’s Achievement; Nature for Health and Wellbeing; Churchyards and Cemeteries.

The Community Biodiversity Awards raise awareness of Norfolk’s wonderful biodiversity, the sense of community and wellbeing that can be found through voluntary activities and championing community efforts to conserve and enhance biodiversity for the common good.  The scheme has been running for 15 years, and over that time has celebrated many wonderful groups and individuals who are making a real difference for local wildlife and communities.  Winners attend a summer celebration evening which takes place in July in Norwich to receive their award.

Download a nomination form and flyer from www.norfolkbiodiversity.org or enter online here: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/CBANomination

Nominations close on 30th April 2018.

This year’s Awards have been generously sponsored by: Kelling Heath Holiday Park; The Landscape Partnership; Norwich Community Green Gym; Pensthorpe Natural Park; R and J Hogg; Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

The Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership is a well-established partnership working to co-ordinate and share initiatives to conserve biodiversity across Norfolk.  The Awards are organised annually to recognise people’s voluntary efforts to give nature a helping hand and to help people connect with nature.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: biodiversityawards@norfolk.gov.uk

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.

 

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: towncouncil@diss.gov.uk

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.