'Let's all Enjoy Diss More' an open letter from Richard Bacon MP to Diss
PUBLISHED: 12:29 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:29 06 March 2018
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It is an honour to represent Diss in the House of Commons as the local Member of Parliament and a pleasure to support the Diss Mercury’s call to Enjoy Diss More.
Diss is at the heart of life in South Norfolk.
It is a market town in the truest sense of the word, with a market here for over five centuries. The aptly named Market Place has also hosted some of the town’s most important occasions, such as the homecoming parade of the Royal Anglian Regiment in 2012, when an impressive 10,000 people attended the parade at which the Vikings were granted the Freedom of Diss.
The celebrations that day ended at the Corn Hall, which is at the heart of the Heritage Triangle project. Shortlisted for a national award, the Heritage Triangle has embraced the cultural and historic legacy of Diss in order to reshape the town centre and provide a focus for the town’s economic and social regeneration.
Diss sits atop the Norfolk-Suffolk border at the gateway to the beautiful Waveney Valley. I have heard it remarked that God created Diss to stop Norfolk fraying at the seams and whilst it is true that the town is conspicuously ‘on the border’, Diss nevertheless remains a destination of choice for residents from across North Suffolk.
Indeed, nowhere is this cross-county amity better demonstrated than in the coming Diss & District Neighbourhood Plan. This document will set planning, development and growth policies for Diss and six neighbouring parishes across South Norfolk and North Suffolk. No other neighbourhood plan is so ambitious and so I urge residents, businesses and visitors alike to take part in the process.
We have a wonderful town in Diss with a notable history as well as an exciting future ahead of her. Now is your chance to come and see what Diss has to offer. You’re sure of a warm welcome here and the town has something for everyone.
Now let’s all get out there and Enjoy Diss More!
RICHARD BACON MP
Member of Parliament for South Norfolk