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Data, evidence, Councillor & Officer involvement, timeline & evidence of decision making and rationale for the proposed boundary changes for the Parish of Roydon

Frazer Scott made this Freedom of Information request to Diss Town Council

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Dear Diss Town Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act I have the right to formally request more information about the proposed boundary change affecting the Parish of Roydon in South Norfolk. As it is Diss Town Council that is proposing to absorb 43% of the current Parish of Roydon in to the town of Diss, and Diss Town Council that has been central to this proposal, I have a number of specific questions that I wish Diss Town Council to answer please, namely...

1.) On what evidence and information were the precise changes to the boundary of Roydon proposed? Please include the detail of from where the notion to change the boundary between Roydon and Diss originated (South Norfolk Council or Diss Town Council) and who (which Councillor or Officer) proposed where the line on the map identifying the new boundary be drawn? Please provide a timeline of the involvement of both South Norfolk Council and Diss Town Council giving an overview of the sequence of meetings, Councillors and Officers involved, proposals and revisions that has led to the latest version of the new proposed Roydon boundary.

2.) How do you measure who uses the many amenities you mention in Diss that Roydon (and also other local villages neighbouring Diss) benefit from? Please detail how you record where these people are coming from in order to measure their usage, when the last survey was undertaken and what the sample size was? Please also detail what proportion of the sample were Roydon postcodes and how this compares to the percentage of Scole, Shelfanger, Winfarthing, Bressingham, Palgrave and Wortham postcodes?

3.) What evidence is there that 43% of homes in Roydon (the area affected by the Boundary Review) use the amenities in Diss MORE than the proportion (57%) of the village that will remain in Roydon and should therefore justifiably pay for them through contributing to the Diss Town Council precept? How was this split determined?

4.) Were any other parishes that adjoin the Diss boundary, or parishes from within the catchment that Diss serves, considered in the boundary review? Please include detail of why the other parishes and parish boundaries that surround or are served by Diss were not deemed to be required or desirable to be changed as part of this boundary review? Where (which parishes) and who (Councillors and Officers) were involved in discussing and making recommendations about these other areas of the Diss boundary?

5.) No actual benefits (only the costs) of the proposed boundary move have been cited for Roydon villagers at any of the meetings or in any of the accompanying documents or statements. Please explain what benefits the proposed new boundary will bring both for the 43% of homes which will be moved into Diss, and for the 57% remaining in Roydon?

Yours faithfully,
Frazer Scott

Sarah Richards, Diss Town Council

Dear Fraser / Sophie (!)

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request, which we received yesterday.

Just to confirm you should receive the information we hold within 20 working days i.e. by 12th December. We will let you know when to expect the information if we need more time.

We should be able to email across most of the information but you might be asked to pay a small amount for photocopies or postage should you require hard copies. Our current charges are 6p per sheet (black & white) and 12p per side (colour) plus postage.

Kind regards

Sarah Richards
Deputy Town Clerk
Diss Town Council
11-12 Market Hill
Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4JZ

Tel/Fax: 01379 643848 (Ext: 202)

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Deborah Sarson, Diss Town Council

Dear Mr Scott,

In response to your Freedom of Information request, I have responded to each of your questions below.

Regards,
Deborah
 
Deborah Sarson (MILCM)
Town Clerk
Diss Town Council
11-12 Market Hill
Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4JZ
 
Tel/Fax: 01379 643848
[mobile number]
web: www.diss.gov.uk
 
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Deborah Sarson, Diss Town Council

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Regards,
Deborah
 
Deborah Sarson (MILCM)
Town Clerk
Diss Town Council
11-12 Market Hill
Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4JZ
 
Tel/Fax: 01379 643848
[mobile number]
web: www.diss.gov.uk
 
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