COLUMN: Diss Town Council – ‘We applaud Roydon on boundary review win’

Tottington Lane in Roydon''''Picture: Mecha Morton
Tottington Lane in Roydon''''Picture: Mecha Morton
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We are continually reviewing progress and considering more efficient ways of delivery our services to meet the needs of our communities.

In an increasingly challenging financial climate, it is essential that we focus on those activities that matter most to our communities, while ensuring we continue to maintain the facilities for which we are responsible.

The Diss and district neighbourhood plan provides us all with a unique and strategic opportunity to work with neighbouring parishes and higher tier authorities to develop a shared vision and shape the growth of our local area.

This project has the potential to provide significant benefits for our communities, particularly around infrastructure, and will be one of the council’s top priorities for the foreseeable future.

This is your plan so please get involved and help us.

Join our mailing list or find out more by visiting www.diss.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning.

Vinces Road Junction

As part of the improvements to the Vinces Road junction, the bus stop/shelter currently outside the Shell garage on Victoria Road will move outside Saffron-owned Denny Day Care Centre prior to the junction in the new year.

It is hoped this will alleviate some of the congestion caused by buses stopping immediately past the Vinces Road junction.

We continue to work in partnership with a range of stakeholders to identify funding to install a left turn lane at this junction and Norfolk County Council is considering this potential scheme early in 2018.

Boundary Review

We applaud Roydon for demonstrating the strength of community cohesion and spirit that meant that they were successful in their campaign to keep Roydon whole.

This reflects the best interests of their community, which is all Diss Town Council was hoping to achieve for its community.

Going forward, this energy and passion could be helpful if channelled into the work of the Diss and district neighbourhood plan to improve the infrastructure of our local communities. Please do get involved.

Boardwalk

The wintry weather has provided a different perspective on the gardens and boardwalk in Diss.

The safety of users of the boardwalk is paramount and we carry out regular checks. However, we also appreciate that this is a new asset to our town, which should be enjoyed as much as possible.

In response to feedback, we’ve decided to leave the boardwalk open all day, every day, during the festive period, but please take care, particularly in wet or frosty conditions.

Please report any issues to the town council on 01379 643848.

Upcoming events

There is a New Year’s Eve party at Diss Cue Club, when the excellent live band Backtrackin will be playing, from 8pm until late.

Tickets are available from the Cue Club at just £5 per person. Call 01379 651298 for more details.

Revellers looking to see the new year may want to consider The Heywood as a possible destination.

Organisers are promising a fun-filled night of entertainment, from 7.30pm to 1.30am.

Tickets cost £7 for adults, and £3 for under-16s. There is free entry for children aged under three.

The dress code is “from the movies”, or “dress to impress”.

Tickets are available to purchase by calling 01379 643088 or emailing hello@heywoodclub.co.uk.

To find out more about local events in Diss and the surrounding area, go online to www.diss.gov.uk/whats-on.