March 11 2014 Latest news:
Friday, February 21, 2014
An application for funding for improvements to an area of Diss, known as the heritage triangle, is set to be submitted in May.
The Heritage Triangle Partnership, which includes the Diss Corn Hall Trust, Diss Town Council and Diss Museum, will be applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £1.5m to help pay for the heritage triangle project, which will include potential improvements to the Corn Hall and roads in the area and a new boardwalk across part of the Mere.
If the partnership’s application is successful, then a further £1.5m funding could be sort through a series of fund raising events.
Sheila King, project manager at MossKing, who is working with the partnership, said the lottery would grant the money provided the plans clearly displayed heritage benefits.
She said the project included improvements to the Corn Hall, including a new foyer, bar and box office, while there will also be structural work to the Grade II listed facility and repairs to the heating system.
Changes are also being proposed to traffic arrangements around St Nicholas Street, Market Hill and Market Place with traffic calming measures and more shared space between pedestrians and vehicles.
Mrs King said the aim was to create an area where visitors could sit and watch the world go by and look at presentations on the history of Diss.
The plan for the boardwalk was to create a floating island by the Mere behind the council’s offices with two seats and a canopy over the top where people could sit, while the boardwalk itself would stretch out across the Mere to Hales Yard.
A number of events are planned, including fayres, to raise the extra money if the funding bid proves successful, which the partnership should know in September.
“It has always been a really strong project. From the outset, the Heritage Lottery Fund has described it as transformational. I am pretty confident that we will get the money because everyone can see the benefits,” Mrs King added.