The majority of Diss residents who took part in a public consultation on the Heritage Triangle Project have responded in favour of the proposed changes which will transform part of Diss.
The consultation, which gave local residents their first look at the conceptual designs for the £2.5 million project, saw 96 per cent of Diss residents responding in favour of the planned changes to the Corn Hall and 83 per cent of the town’s residents responding in favour of plans to change the heritage triangle area, which encompasses St Nicholas Street, Market Hill and the top of Market Place, where Diss Museum is located.
The consultation was held in the Corn Hall at the end of July and included a one-page questionnaire which asked people whether they liked or disliked proposals to change the Corn Hall and Heritage Triangle, the idea of a Mere boardwalk and whether they are interested in the history of Diss. Participants were also asked to supply their postcode to allow for an overall figure and figures from ‘Diss only’ residents. In total, 122 surveys were completed, 76 of which were from identifiable Diss-specific postcodes.
The Heritage Triangle Partnership, which comprises the Diss Corn Hall Trust, Diss Town Council and Diss Museum, said the feedback from the consultation was “remarkably supportive” with the majority of people in favour of all aspects of the project.
Other figures revealed that there were not any Diss residents who disliked the Corn Hall plans, 79 per cent were in favour of the boardwalk plan and 100 per cent of Diss residents said they were interested in the town’s history.
Conceptual designs drawn up by Norwich based Hudson Architects and The Landscape Partnership, include an extension to the Corn Hall, providing a foyer, box office, gallery space and a heritage learning zone, the creation of three ‘squares’ on Market Hill where people can find out more about the history of Diss and work to raise the carriageway to pavement height, enabling pedestrians to move more freely around St Nicholas Street and Market Hill.
The design team will now draw up the designs in much more detail, taking into account all of the feedback, and the full cost of the proposal will be worked out and discussed with funders. The partnership will also be carrying out more detailed research into the history of the buildings in the Triangle.