Diss overlooked for leisure provision, says councillor
Town councillor Simon Olander said Diss “does not get a look in” when it comes to leisure facilities.
Concerns over the town’s leisure provisions were brought up at a council meeting on Wednesday.
The comments came after South Norfolk Council invested £2 million into improving Long Stratton leisure centre and £4 million in Wymondham.
Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Olander said: “We know Diss has grown exponentially over the last 10 or 15 years, but the leisure provision for the town hasn’t.
“Diss needs to be up back on the radar.”
Cllr Olander said the needs of the town and the wider catchment area far outweighed those of the 1,800 homes due to be built in Long Stratton.
“I won’t be going to Long Stratton to go to the gym, because I think the 7,000 residents in Diss deserve a better one here,” he said.
“I know there is scope for doing another survey to see what the uptake will be, but I’m sure that if we did a straw poll of councillors in this room on whether we deserve better leisure facilities, the majority would say we do.
“But Diss doesn’t get a look in.
“We shouldn’t rely on private companies to provide leisure facilities; people expect councils to go in partnership to provide those services for cheaper.”
South Norfolk councillor Keith Kiddie, who was at the meeting, said he would chase up the matter.
He added: “Our leisure centre is what it is and is where it is. It was refurbished recently to the tune of £180,000.
“Provisions for leisure facilities is a very broad church – what people actually want may be more nebulous. I will fight for Diss to get its fair share.”