Diss Express column - May 2017

Diss Post Office
Just before Parliament dissolved, I took part in the Backbench Business Debate on Post Office closures and raised the specific issue of Diss Post Office directly with the Minister for postal services, Margot James. 

Diss’ Crown Post Office is very much at the heart of the community and, following the completion of the multi-million pound Diss Heritage Triangle project, it will be even more central. The proposal to close the Crown post office can only damage the Heritage Triangle project.

I cannot blame WH Smith for seeking to take advantage of a commercial opportunity provided by the Post Office but it will be apparent to anyone using the Diss store that its access is not even remotely suitable.  The Post Office says that its goal is to maintain ‘convenient access’ but the best way to do that is to keep Diss Crown Post Office open. 

Diss & District Neighbourhood Plan
You should have received a leaflet detailing the first steps seven parishes are taking toward producing the Diss & District Neighbourhood Plan. 

Existing communities might be much more willing to accept new homes if they were allowed to decide where they go, what they look like and who should have the first chance to live in them.  A strong Neighbourhood Plan can help to achieve this, as local communities can use a neighbourhood plan to set planning policies. 

The partner councils in the Diss & District Neighbourhood Plan are rightly starting a conversation with local residents.  This is your chance to ensure your ambitions for your community are heard.

Diss Town Council and its partner councils in Burston & Shimpling, Brome & Oakley, Palgrave, Roydon, Scole and Stuston deserve praise for this welcome step.  I stand ready to assist them in any way I can.

Corn Hall
It is a real delight to see the Corn Hall has finally been re-opened to the public.  It is a magnificent building and has seen many auspicious occasions, such as the town’s welcome home parade for the Royal Anglian Regiment, better known as the Vikings. 

We are so lucky in Diss to have a venue that can still attract quite big names to come and perform here.  Few places in the county outside Norwich can boast such a venue.

I very much look forward to taking my first tour of the newly reinvigorated Corn Hall. 

Use Your Vote
Finally, it will have escaped no-one that a General Election is looming.

Some people say politicians never listen but your vote is your voice.  If you choose not to vote, you are choosing to stay silent. 

No matter which box you decide to cross next month, please remember to use your vote.


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