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What next for old Infant School site in Diss?

By Mike Scialom

Old Diss School site - The Causeway ANL-150617-181524009
Old Diss School site - The Causeway ANL-150617-181524009

Diss district councillors have been charged with finding out what South Norfolk Council’s intentions are for the former Infant School site at The Causeway.

The site was discussed at a planning committee meeting at Diss Town Council in June, after concerns were raised by members of the public.

It was noted that South Norfolk Council has the power to act, but the town council does not, or have the resources to do so.

It belongs to Diss resident, and former mayor of the town, Harold Rackham.

District councillor Graham Minshull said he hoped the situation will be resolved “sooner rather than later.”

“When I was doing the rounds for the elections one of the most talked about things that I was approached with was ‘what is happening with the old school?’ and ‘what can be done about it?’ It was high on people’s agendas. It is up to the owner really. The first priority is that it should be demolished and tidied. It is an eyesore.

“What happens with it then is up for discussion between the owner and South Norfolk Council.

“I know he has had several planning applications which have not been deemed suitable for the site but he has got to have those discussions.”

A spokesperson for South Norfolk Council said a few residents had raised concerns with the district authority.

They added they wrote to the owner in 2014 to tidy the site, which was acted upon, and have again recently been in contact.

The Diss Express has attempted to contact Mr Rackham for a comment but has not received a reply at the time of going to press.

n What do you think? What would you like to see happen to the Old Infant School? Let us know your thoughts email editorial@dissexpress.co.uk, or write to us at the address on page 9

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