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The current Google Street View image for St Nicholas Stree, Diss.
The current Google Street View image for St Nicholas Stree, Diss.

Diss town could be stuck with internet images of scaffolding and roadworks for the next two years.

In June, the Diss Express discovered images around the Heritage Triangle on Google Street View are a year out of date.

The majority are shot at the height of construction work for the landmark £3.4 million revamp, in June 2017.

The triangle has since been shortlisted for several national and regional awards - and along with Market Place, was the setting for last weekend’s Heritage Transport Fayre.

Users of the Street View service looking up the town however are still greeted with images of rows of bollards, diversion signs, workmen, construction equipment, traffic queues.

The Corn Hall centre piece, moving up St Nicholas Street, is covered in scaffolding.

Going down the road, St Nicholas Street is closed, with diversions down Market hill.

Google has so far refused to comment as to when the images might be updated.

Google Street View image June 2017
Google Street View image June 2017

“What Diss needs now is more promotion and advertising and these images certainly don’t help,” said Sue Adams, of Diss Deli on St Nicholas Street.

According to techjunkie.com, Google does not release the exact update schedule for Street View. It is generally thought to be between one and three years.

One of the reasons, it speculates, especially for smaller towns is to prevent “flashers and pranksters”.

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