Diss Heritage Triangle streetscape works could take place this year

Diss, Norfolk. Heritage Triangle in Diss -   Heritage Triangle in Diss - Corn Hall on St Nicholas Street ANL-140827-150417001
Diss, Norfolk. Heritage Triangle in Diss - Heritage Triangle in Diss - Corn Hall on St Nicholas Street ANL-140827-150417001

Work to improve the streets in and around the Diss Heritage Triangle could take place at the end of this year.

It will form part of the Heritage Lottery-funded £3 million triangle project, aiming to revitalise the historic part of the town.

It will open it out, calm the traffic, and make it a place much more pleasant and easy to be a pedestrian and to be a visitor

Sheila Moss King

Sheila Moss King, programme manager for the project, said they were working with Norfolk County Council’s Highways Design Team to develop detailed plans for the streetscaping.

She added the process was “coming along well.”

“The aim of that is to make it more pedestrian friendly,” she explained. “It will open it out, calm the traffic, and make it a place much more pleasant and easy to be a pedestrian and to be a visitor.

“We still have to go through the public consultation phase and that can take quite a long time, so we will be unlikely to be able to start the street works until the back end of this year.

“To be honest we would avoid the Christmas period, because we can’t do that to traders in the triangle.”

Mrs Moss King added the team were looking for an arts and heritage manager to help with the project, and interpretation boards will be worked on over the year, which will go up in the triangle to provide extra information.

Contractors are also currently giving outline design ideas for how the boardwalk and island in the historic Mere will look, while the team are due to meet with Wetherspoons’ architects to confirm how the walk will lead into Kings Head yard.

The pub giant secured planning permission for the yard last year.

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