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Norfolk County Council and Diss Town Council weigh in on safety fears of pedestrians along Shelfanger Road and Denmark Street

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Campaigners are fearful for the safety of pedestrians walking through Diss after a person was struck by a passing vehicle.

Residents are pushing for safety improvements to the pavements along Shelfanger Road and Denmark Street, following multiple reports of pedestrians being struck by wing mirrors in recent weeks.

The narrow nature of the road means that vehicles regularly mount the pavement when passing one another, with the threat to pedestrians further compounded by the narrow pavement.

Vehicles mounting the curb on Denmark Street. Picture: Ray Bryant
Vehicles mounting the curb on Denmark Street. Picture: Ray Bryant

In the latest incident, a young woman was badly bruised after having her arm knocked by the wing mirror of a van driving along Shelfanger Road.

Following the incident, Ray Bryant, former chairman of the trustees at Diss Corn Hall, said: “It’s time for Norfolk Highways to seriously consider improvements to the B1077 where it passes through Diss.

“This is now the fourth such occurrence of being hit by a wing mirror that I have heard of in the past few weeks.

“Clearly, there is a high risk of a worse accident.”

Simon Olander, Leader of Diss Town Council (DTC), echoed the concerns of Mr Bryant.

He said: "I fully endorse the concerns raised of traffic movements on Upper Denmark Street, as it is a major B road and one which is heavily travelled throughout the day we will of course get instances where problems arise."

He promised that DTC would be working alongside Norfolk County Council (NCC) to put together a number of traffic projects to address the issue.

He added: "We are currently working on three major traffic projects for Diss but I have asked NCC to look at this and the similar issue in Shelfanger Road.

"Once we get a report back from NCC it will then be the time to act as the full information would of presented itself."

A spokesman for Norfolk County Council said: “We are aware of concerns around the safety of pedestrians along the B1077 in Diss, and are currently in contact with the town council and local members to gather evidence, while a walking inspection has already been carried out.

“While a full assessment is made, we will be discussing possible improvements in the area with the town council and members to ensure any work that takes place meets their requirements and is sustainable.”

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