Town Mayor

Our current mayor for 2021/22 is Councillor Eric Taylor

The Town Mayor is elected annually at the Annual Meeting of the Council. The Mayor wears a chain of office when carrying out official engagements. The chain is also worn on ceremonial occasions as part of the official dress.

The Mayor is keen to support all manner of local organisations and events. If you would like to invite the Mayor to an event or function please email your invitation directly to towncouncil@diss.gov.uk.

Personal Message from the Town Mayor

I feel honoured to be elected by my fellow members of council as the town mayor for 2021/22.

For those that don’t know me, I've been a member of council for over three years and have chaired the Planning Committee and been a steering group member of the Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan for most this time. I am passionate about all things Diss and want the town to prosper and grow whilst retaining its individuality and unique character.

Initiatives included in the council’s strategy plan cover such as cleanliness, cost efficiencies and new revenue streams, Mere biodiversity, and the Diss & District Neighbourhood Plan and Facilities Management Programme will help us achieve the council's aims.

Of particular interest to myself is the Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan. Apart from delivering good quality homes in our preferred locations and some infrastructure improvements the plan will better protect our local green spaces against future development and also the town's heritage.

I can’t promise you that I will have all the answers to the town's problems, but I can promise you I will work hard to achieve the Council's aims

Eric

Mayor of Diss

Town Mayor

I moved with my family to Diss from Manchester in 1983. Throughout my working life I have been involved with the design and manufacture of specialist agricultural machinery and in the last 12 years of working, managed one of the UK’s largest agricultural machinery manufacturers.

 

When I retired in 2013, I was able to follow my interests in how the town was changing particularly with regard to new development and infrastructure. Initially, this was with the local residents' association but for the last two and a half years with the Town Council where I chair the Planning Committee and am also the Vice-Chair of the Infrastructure Committee.

 

I joined the Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group because of my passion to see Diss grow in a structured way with the right amount of good quality development in the right place. I also wanted to influence the need for better infrastructure to cater for the growth in Diss.

The mayor's civic ceremony September 12th 2021

Diss Town Mayor, Councillor Eric Taylor, celebrated his civic ceremony at St Mary’s church in Diss on Sunday 12th September 2021. Members of the public joined invited guests, including mayors and mayoresses from six neighbourhood towns and chairpersons from three county and district councils. The ceremony also attracted a surprise guest on the hunt for some local treasure. Find out who the guest was and if they found the treasure

The mayor's charity
Mind Charity Logo

Whilst it has been customary in recent years for the Mayor to nominate two charities, the ongoing effects of Covid-19 mean there will be fewer opportunities to fundraise than in a normal year. For this reason, I have chosen to support only one charity this year and this will be the mental health charity Mind.  

 

I am sure that many of you like myself have found the anxiety and uncertainty a constant worry especially as the pandemic and lockdown has gone on for so long. My thoughts particularly go out to those working in healthcare and people who have been affected by or lost loved ones to Covid-19.

 

Mind provides a fantastic support service to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, so it is important we embrace and help this charity as it continues to help others. Every donation that Mind receives will help them to campaign to improve services and provide information and support. This includes through services such as Mind Infoline, legal line and their online peer support community for adults, Side by Side.

 

About Mind

  • Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. They provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. They won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect. mind.org.uk

  • Mind has a confidential information and support line, Mind Infoline, available on 0300 123 3393 (lines open 9am - 6pm, Monday – Friday)

  • Mind’s online mental health community Side by Side is a safe space where anyone aged 18 and over with experience of a mental health problem can share their story, connect with others, access Mind’s wider information and resources, and give support in return. Find out more at www.sidebyside.mind.org.uk

  • Mind offers free resources for employers to help improve mental wellbeing. For more information, visit mind.org.uk/work