|This article appeared in The
Diss Express on 25 November 2005
Pensioners' chance to have their say
South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon reports on recent events of local importance
Last month many pensioners from all over the country made the trip to London to lobby Parliament.
The Pensioners' Manifesto highlights a number of important issues for pensioners, with income levels topping the list. Other concerns include the rising council tax, long-term care, welfare services and public transport.
I would like hear from local pensioners about the issues which affect you most. Please come and have your say over tea and biscuits at a meeting at Grasmere, Denmark Street, Diss on Friday 25 November from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm. I look forward to seeing you.
Things have improved during Gina Hopkinson's time in Diss - well done to her and her officers for their vigilance and also to the Diss Express 'Shop a Yob' campaign.
The Park Road car park still causes concern, though. Some youths seem to enjoy showing off their 'driving skills', much to the concern of local residents.
Diss is sadly lacking in places where young people can meet and let off steam without annoying those around them. The longed for cinema is still only on a wish list but until there are things to do and places to go for young people in the town, the problem will not go away.
Anyone trying to drive along the A1066 recently has been faced by a barrage of road works - as I know to my cost.
Along with others, I had to find my way around the resurfacing in Roydon. At least that has been completed on time and now gives a smooth ride around the sharp bends between Bressingham and Diss.
The same cannot be said for Diss. First it was resurfacing at the junction of Denmark Street and Park Road combined with the construction of a roundabout and access to the new Tesco on Victoria Road.
The stretch between the new Tesco and the Shell Garage was dug up causing more traffic delays. Let's hope we can soon get back to normal.
On a more optimistic note, the Department for Transport tells me that a decision on the proposed Long Stratton bypass should be available in the spring.
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