Progress on town council plan to make Diss Mere ‘a healthy body of water’

Diss, Norfolk. Diss Mere ANL-140827-152458001

Diss, Norfolk. Diss Mere ANL-140827-152458001

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Diss Town Council is hoping to create a “healthy body of water” which can be “enjoyed by all”, as progress begins to improve the landmark Mere in the town.

Work is underway to form a Water Quality Management Plan, while issues with the Mere drains are set to be addressed before the autumn.

Deputy town clerk Sarah Richards told the Diss Express it was part of a long term plan, but early progress was being made.

“Because of the blue-green algae outbreaks we want to try and create a water body that is healthy, at the end of the day,” she said.

“We want a healthy water body so that it can be enjoyed by everyone.

“We also want to maintain fish stock levels we believe the Mere is overstocked with fish.

“We are working together with relevant parties and anybody else who wants to come on board and help.”

Diss Town Council did purchase an oxygen meter, but said despite research, the device “is not easy to use”, and are looking at alternative options for measuring oxygen levels in the Mere.

The council is also looking at working together with interested parties, including Diss and District Angling Club.

Despite many blue-green algae problems at the Mere over the years, the deputy clerk confirmed no such outbreak had occurred so far this year.

The drains at the Mere were repaired in October 2014.

The former drain had required replacement because of tree root damage, partial collapse and an inadequate outflow system.

The new drain, which has been installed from the Mere under Madgett’s Walk and the soon-to-be-opened Aldi supermarket car park, is said to help to ensure a consistent water level and minimise localised flooding.

However, it was confirmed issues with the water levels still exist.

An issue remains with the new section of the drain. There is also builders’ debris in the manhole at Aldi, while a collapse of the drain on land owned by UK Power Networks requires repair. It is hoped these will be completed before the autumn.