Town gets two more new councillors

The 11 current members of Diss Town Council which has co-opted two more new members to fill a short

The 11 current members of Diss Town Council which has co-opted two more new members to fill a shortfall. Picture: Diss Town Council - Credit: Diss Town Council

Two more new members have been recruited to fill a shortfall in elected councillors that left a town council looking to co-opt seven additional volunteers.

South Norfolk's boundary review meant Diss Town Council had 14 councillor positions to fill at the May local elections but only seven were elected.

At an extraordinary full council meeting, Sue Kiddie and Mark Gingell were both unanimously co-opted on to the council taking its number up to 11.

Mrs Kiddie, who is married to former Diss mayor and district councillor Keith Kiddie, runs Tatters clothes shop on Mere Street and has previously been involved in the traders forum and carnival committee.

She said: "As a local trader I have direct interest in what happens in the town and the well being of Diss in general."


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Mr Gingell is a retired teacher who lives in Shelfanger who now volunteers at Diss Citizens Advice.

Diss Mayor Sonia Browne said: "I know they bring with them a wealth of knowledge."

The role of town councillor is voluntary and more new councillors are being sought to fill the remaining vacancies. If you would like to be considered for co-option as a councillor complete the application form at diss.gov.uk

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