Diss Youth and Community Centre steering group will disband

A steering group set up to manage Diss Youth and Community Centre will be disbanded in favour of a group of councillors who hope to help the building go from strength to strength.

The future of the group was addressed at a meeting of the town council on Wednesday, at which it was decided that mayor Neil Howard, deputy mayor Keith Kiddie, town clerk Deborah Sarson and chair of the finance committee Graham Minshull would take it forward.

They, with Moss King Associates which have been working on a business plan for the centre, will now prepare a report to go before the full council in January, when a decision on how to progress the centre, which was gifted to the council from an anonymous benefactor some years ago, will be taken.

Mr Howard said the steering group, which had also consisted of four, would stop from the end of December.

'The steering group, when it was set up, needed a number of people all bringing their own expertise. The numbers have fallen slightly and I wanted to look at how we can re-invigorate the whole project and move it forward and take more on the journey with us,' he said.

'When I look at what we've got in place and the people and the amount of time they can commit it's getting less and less.'

Mr Howard said whether to apply for charitable status would be discussed, as well as the possibility of licensing the building.

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'I would like to see us move away from the council being totally in charge of it and have the users more involved,' he added. 'I think with everything we're looking at it can only be beneficial for the town and the users and I see it as win win.

'We just need to look at behind the scenes and see how we can take it forward. I see this as a really positive step and we need to get it rocking and rolling up there now.'