Meet your new town councillor

24 January 2022

News, Council Services

Diss Town Council has – once again - a full complement of 14 councillors, following the resignation of Councillor Poulter in December. Diss resident, Richard Peaty, was co-opted onto the council at a Full Council meeting on 12th January. 


Diss-tinct from other towns


A former secondary school science teacher, Councillor Peaty now works part-time as an events and experiences guide at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. Having lived in Bacton, Suffolk, for 32 years, Councillor Peaty explains why he decided to move to Diss. 


“I lived in Bacton for over three decades,” said Cllr Peaty. “During this time, I was a very frequent visitor to Diss. When we decided to downsize, my wife and I chose to move to Diss to enjoy its facilities, which set it apart from other neighbouring towns.”

 

Representing residents


An active volunteer in the community, Councillor Peaty was a parent governor at Bacton Community Middle School, a trustee of the Friends of St Mary’s church in Bacton, and parish councillor for Bacton Parish Council, where he served as chairman from 2015 to 2020.

Giving a voice to residents and helping improve facilities were central to his desire to join Diss Town Council.


“As there are over 500 towns and parishes in Norfolk, and over 100 in the South Norfolk District alone, I can understand how the views of local residents can sometimes get lost unless there is strong representation from the town or parish,” said Cllr Peaty. “This was one reason I wanted to join Diss Town Council. The other was to help promote, secure the future of, and improve the many excellent facilities Diss Town Council is responsible for.”


We would like to warmly welcome Councillor Peaty onto the council.


Meet your new town councillor