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Diss Express on 16 November 2007
Computers in store for children
South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon brings Diss Express readers up to date with some of his recent work in the community
This varies from computer games to complete computer systems depending on the number of vouchers collected.
Congratulations to Tesco on an excellent scheme which is celebrating its16th year. I am told that during that time UK schools have received almost £110 million of equipment including over 60,000 computers and almost 872,500 other items.
Recently I met with Diss Town Clerk Deborah Sarson and Cllr Tony Palmer to hear about the ideas the council has for land between the River Waveney and Park Road in Diss.
I agree with the council that there is a tremendous opportunity to put Diss on the map with an imaginative scheme to serve the people of Diss and surrounding areas and attract visitors.
The ideas include a sports and leisure complex, an hotel, an upgraded bus centre with facilities such as toilets and phones and a youth café.
The council also wants to open up the area by the River Waveney to create an attractive riverside walk as well as adding extra parking.
The plans may take time and patience but I’m sure it will be worth the wait.
I was somewhat surprised by Enertrag’s reaction to my comments at the SHOWT (Stop Hempnall’s Onshore Wind Turbines) meeting recently when I expressed disappointment that there was no company representative to put its case for a wind farm at Hempnall.
I find it odd that Enertrag did not seize the opportunity to answer its critics’ concerns in a constructive way at a formal meeting which had been called by Hempnall Parish Council. The company’s fears that the meeting would become a “public circus” were groundless. The parish council is empowered to eject any person making a nuisance.
I am pleased that Enertrag has done some consultation with public exhibitions in Hempnall. However, I agree with SHOWT spokesman Hilary Battye (Diss Express 9 November) that an exhibition is only part of the answer while a public meeting allows for debate on both sides and an opportunity to test different views.