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Youngsters asked how council should spend £93,000

PUBLISHED: 15:33 08 March 2019 | UPDATED: 11:36 11 March 2019

The skatepark at Diss Sports Ground emerged as the favourite place for extra investment in a survey of young people. Picture: Adrian Cable

The skatepark at Diss Sports Ground emerged as the favourite place for extra investment in a survey of young people. Picture: Adrian Cable

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Youngsters have been asked to have their say on how almost £100,000 will be spent on improving recreation facilities in Diss.

Diss mayor Trevor Wenman said a survey of where young people wanted to see £93,000 invested was the first time the town council had asked youngsters for such a substantial sum. Picture: Sonya DuncanDiss mayor Trevor Wenman said a survey of where young people wanted to see £93,000 invested was the first time the town council had asked youngsters for such a substantial sum. Picture: Sonya Duncan

A survey of the young people in the town has been carried out by the recently formed Diss Youth Council asking them how they would like to see the section 106 funding spent.

The results of the poll are due to be discussed at a meeting of Diss Town Council’s facilities committee on March 13 where members of the youth council will present the findings.

Improvements to the town’s skate park at the sports ground emerged as the clear favourite for extra investment, including upgraded equipment, a shelter and graffiti boards.

This was followed a wish for new play equipment in the park by Diss Mere, a new athletics javelin run at Diss High School and more youth-based activities to Diss Youth & Community Centre, including citizens advice for young people.

Young people said they wanted to see new play equipment in Diss Park as part of a survey carried out by town's youth council. Picture: Adrian CableYoung people said they wanted to see new play equipment in Diss Park as part of a survey carried out by town's youth council. Picture: Adrian Cable

Diss Youth Town Council was launched last September, initially made up of seven youngsters who are all students at Diss High School, and one of their roles is canvassing the opinion of their peers.

Town mayor Trevor Wenman said: “We established the youth council as a good way to tap into their connections, their imagination and their enthusiasm.

“We have got this money that is available to be spent on recreational facilities for children and young adults and rather than using sitting down and saying what do we think we wanted to find out what the people who might actually use the facilities think about it.

“This is probably the first time we have done something like this with something that might involve a substantial amount of money being spent. We are at relatively early days in the process; though, as always with section 106 money, there is a deadline by which it has to be spent which is next year.”

The £93,000 section 106 funding has come through agreements between developers and the council. Some £20,000 of the total will be used by Roydon Parish Council and £4,000 by the Fair Green Neighbourhood Association.

Mr Wenham said: “This is all part of a number of different discussions that have been going on trying to find out the best way of using this money for the benefit of Diss and Roydon.”

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