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Park Radio secures funding for Harleston expansion

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Councillors have put their support behind Diss-based broadcaster Park Radio’s planned expansion into the town.

At Redenhall and Harleston Town Council’s Finance Committee Meeting on November 17, councillors agreed to grant the station £500 – which will go towards the set up of a satellite hub in the town.

Station Manager Chris Moyse welcomed the news – which fell in the same month the station celebrated its fourth birthday.

Park Radio’s Chris Moyse in front of a transmitter mast in Harleston. Picture by Mark Bullimore.
Park Radio’s Chris Moyse in front of a transmitter mast in Harleston. Picture by Mark Bullimore.

He said: “We are delighted with this development, which of course coincides with the Harleston regeneration plan announced recently.

“We’re so pleased that residents will have such a facility, particularly offering the next generation additional skills and opportunities. It gives Harleston access and a real voice.”

It marks part of a wider expansion project for the station – which also has its sights on developing a similar satellite hub across the Suffolk border in Eye.

Back in April, the station, which currently broadcasts out of Diss Youth and Community Centre, in Shelfanger Road, secured another £500 grant from Eye Town Council, which will go towards broadcasting equipment for a more accessible studio in the town.

Mr Moyse added that the expansion would help the station connect with residents in both towns.

He said: “It seems like the right thing to do, as we are trying to allow greater access for the whole of our audience.

“We want to provide for the people of Eye and Harleston, and allow them to walk down the high street and talk to us live.

“It means someone will be able to pop in and talk directly to us, using their own facilities.

“It’s an ambition of ours that we have a greater presence there, and it might encourage more people in both of those towns to get involved and bring them closer to what we are trying to achieve.”

The location for both hubs is still to be decided, but Mr Moyse said he was hopeful a site would be agreed within the coming months.

“We’ll be looking in the new year,” he said. “We’ll be working closely with both town councils – with the view for using the grants to establishing a suitable location for the satellite hubs, as per our plans for 2022.”

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