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Community champion joins Diss town council




One of Diss’ most well-known community champions has joined the town council.

Doreen Collins, who worked in the tourist office for 27 years, was Diss carnival co-ordinator for nine years, a member of Diss Chamber of Trade, an original and current Diss Town Team and Diss Town Guide committee, was unanimously voted onto the council, on Wednesday, through its co-option scheme.

Mrs Collins, lives in Winfarthing, but is eligible to sit on the council living within a specified distance and having worked in the town, is also the organiser behind Floral Diss, which has seen 15 planters placed along the length of town, for which she raised more than £4,000 in three months.

Doreen Collins' (front left) latest initiative involved bringing 15 planters to town to brighten up the high street
Doreen Collins' (front left) latest initiative involved bringing 15 planters to town to brighten up the high street

Mrs Collins said: “Having lived in the area for more than 30 years and promoting the town and area for most of that time, I have a great affection for Diss.

“I have been involved in many events and feel new ideas and respresentation is needed.”

South Norfolk's boundary review meant Diss Town Council had 14 councillor positions to fill at the May local elections.

Only seven councillors were elected, unopposed.

The council has so far co-opted two new members.

Last month, Dave Poulter, who lives in Roydon, also joined the town council

Mr Poulter moved the area after working for British Rail, the NHS and local authorities.

The role of town councillor is voluntary and more new councillors are being sought to fill the remaining vacancies.

Candidates must live within a three mile radius of Diss or work or volunteer in the town.

If you would like to be considered for co-option as a councillor complete the application form at diss.gov.uk


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