Diss council leader prepares for challenges ahead
The new council leader of Diss Town Council said he is prepared for the challenges that lie ahead for the town.
Julian Mason has served as interim leader since December when former leader Graham Minshull resigned from the post.
He was elected unanimously at last week's full council meeting.
No other nominations were received.
“The role of council leader is one we created only two years ago when we split the mayoral role into two,” he said.
“The whole mayoral role was very demanding as both leader and mayor.
“At that time, Graham took it on, so I am only the second council leader that Diss has actually had.
“I am honoured to do it, pleased that my fellow councillors felt I am capable of doing it and I am prepared.
“I realise there will be a lot of hard work. There are a lot of issues in the town so it is going to be challenging.”
Mr Mason announced that the council would also be seeking a new town clerk.
The current clerk, Deborah Sarson, has handed in her resignation, during a period of ill health.
“The toilet block issue is one challenge, the task we have in replacing our town clerk is going to be another, and the neighbourhood plan a third.
“That’s just three major issues that have got to be done along with everything else that is going on, including changes in the data protection act, which have to be implemented.
“I like a challenge and I’ll do my best to fulfil the role, hopefully to the satisfaction of councillors and also bearing in mind that we are servants of the town. We need to listen and embrace what the town wants.
“We are not in the business of making decisions about just what the council wants. We are in the business of being servants of the town and what the town wants.”
Mr Mason has served on the town council for nine years. He praised the mayor for doing an “excellent job” and said he looked forward to them continuing to work together.