Diss misses out on Portas Pilot funding

Plans to revitalise Diss town centre will continue despite the town not receiving funds from the government's Portas Pilot scheme.

The Diss town team had applied for just �1 of the �1.5m project spearheaded by 'Queen of Shops' Mary Portas.

However, it was announced this week that Lowestoft was the only town to receive a slice of the second round of Portas Pilot funds in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Oliver Chapman, leader of the Diss Portas Pilot team, said they were not too downhearted and they would be continuing to draw up a Disscover business plan to improve the town and increase footfall. An anonymous person has pledged an unspecified amount of money towards the Diss project.

'The money is not an issue. If there is a project that people believe in, we can find the money. We are meeting this week to work on a business plan for people to see all the ideas. It would have been a bonus to be a Portas Pilot town,' he said.