Diss leaders back youth centre plan

Civic leaders have unanimously backed a business case that aims to save a Diss youth centre from closure.

Diss Town Councillors supported the plan at a meeting on Wednesday night, which would look to take on the lease of the Diss Youth Resource Base on behalf of a community trust.

The business case is set to be sent to Norfolk County Council next week and a committee is due to make a decision on April 11.

The town council is proposing to take on the youth centre, in Shelfanger Road, on a two year lease, which would be run by a group of trustees made up of users, local people and councillors. It comes as the base is set to be made redundant when it loses its youth workers in May as part of County Hall service cuts. It is home to the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band and other community groups.

Deborah Sarson, town clerk, said the centre currently runs at an almost �20,000 a year loss, but there was plenty of opportunities to increase revenue and make cost savings.

Anyone interested in getting involved in the project is asked to contact Diss Town Council by calling 01379 643848 or emailing towncouncil@diss.gov.uk