LETTER: ‘Does Diss need another pub?’
With regard to the revised planning application by J D Wetherspoon to build an enlarged pub-restaurant by the Mere, the procedure mirrors this company’s historical behaviour on many similar applications where they have obtained initial permission for a new licensed premises, usually the most difficult step, and then, at a later stage, seek to expand the permission, in this case by a massive 71 percent. Diss has seen the closure of the Crown, No 13 Wine Bar and the Nutbush. South Norfolk Council have traditionally done everything feasible to prevent the closures and subsequent unlicensed sale of pubs, but, if they are fooled into approving this latest application, the future for existing pubs in Diss is gloomy.
We do not need another pub in Diss.