Leading figures welcome Express campaign
The Diss Express campaign aimed at bringing more investment into Diss has been welcomed as an opportunity to unite over local priorities.
A Fair Deal for Diss, launched this month, aims to offer a platform for discussion over the future of the town.
Many believe that Diss has been overlooked when it comes to investment in infrastructure, such as roads, access to health care and community and leisure facilities.
The campaign has won support from several quarters.
South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon said: “I greatly welcome the Fair Deal for Diss campaign. Market towns such as Diss are one of England’s greatest unsung treasures.
“They offer the ideal combination of a friendly human scale, together with the amenities which people need to get on with their lives.
“If Diss is to develop successfully in the future, with the right education, health and leisure facilities and improving transport and digital communications, it is important that we take every opportunity to remind ourselves of what we already have and to unite around our clear priorities for further improvements.
“I am sure the Fair Deal for Diss campaign will play an important role in this.”
Mike Bootman, chairman of the Diss and District Neighbourhood plan steering group, said: “If the Diss Express’ Fair Deal for Diss campaign raises awareness and interest by local communities and businesses in the work that is already going on, and keeps up pressure on those organisations responsible for delivering the infrastructure – the roads, utilities, schools, community facilities, healthcare and so on – then Diss and the surrounding area will thrive.
“The alternative is not an option.”
Brian Bale, chairman of Diss Business Forum, said: “Any campaign to promote the benefits of Diss and also highlight areas for improvement are to be welcomed.
“This should not only help residents and business but also visitors to the area who contribute to our local economy.
“Economically, our market towns are under greater pressure than ever in the current climate and hopefully this campaign can help improve matters for Diss.”
Simon Innes, chief executive of the CVS group, who said he feared that businesses may leave the town if traffic problems were not solved, welcomed the campaign as "a great initiative".
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