High hopes for Diss centre

Diss, Norfolk. Diss Youth and Community Centre on Shelfanger Road
Diss, Norfolk. Diss Youth and Community Centre on Shelfanger Road

Councillor Keith Kiddie says he would like Diss-based Park Radio to move into the Diss Youth and Community Centre on a full-time basis.

Mr Kiddie said there was a concept to modify the building, in Shelfanger Road, using unused changing rooms on the top floor, which would allow the station to operate full-time in the centre.

Park Radio stated in November of last year their intention of applying for a five-year broadcasting license from regulator Ofcom.

“Of course they have got to get their licence sorted,” he said. “But we have had site meetings here with the radio station and a structural engineer, and a couple of builders as to what we might be able to do for them.

“We would like to host it. If we could get them as a permanent home here, that way we have a permanent presence up here which is good.

“The aspiration is to find a proper home for Park Radio.”

Mr Kiddie also said there is potential to have solar panels on the roof of the centre which would power the building and turn a small profit for the council.

Diss Town Council agreed to work on a vision for the future of the centre, saved by a mystery benefactor in 2011, last year. A strategy and implementation plan is due to be put forward to the town council this month.