Diss tourist centre set to move to artistic venue

Diss Tourist Information Centre. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

Diss Tourist Information Centre. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

Diss Tourist Information Centre (TIC) is set to be relocated to the town's Corn Hall, it has been revealed.

Since 1989 the TIC has been situated beside the Mere – one of the town's best known features – but will be moved at some point next year to the arts venue.

It is the only TIC which is under the control of South Norfolk Council and the authority has confirmed the move is planned as part of the Heritage Triangle Project.

A move will take place once the £1.5m restoration project at the Corn Hall is complete in early 2017.

A spokesman for South Norfolk Council said: 'We are in discussions with Diss Town Council, who are managing the project, regarding the timing of the move.'

Graham Minshull, Diss Town Council leader, added: 'The new building will have a section put aside [for the TIC].

'As to how the project will be managed, and when it will be moved, it is yet to be decided.'

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The TIC is currently open five days a week and there is an electronic tourist information point available 24 hours a day.

The centre offers information on tourist attractions across Norfolk and Suffolk, bus time tables and has food for the ducks.

The Corn Hall is currently closed for a major refurbishment and improvement work under the Heritage Triangle Project.

Work to restore and upgrade the 162-year-old building, which will cost up to £1.6m started in January and is being done by Norwich-based company Pentaco Construction.

The original hall, Waveney Room and council chambers will be refurbished and there will be the addition of a two storey extension at the rear of the building to provide a box office, foyer, bar, gallery and exhibition areas.

David Case, chairman of the Diss Corn Hall Trust, would not comment on the TIC's move to the arts venue.

What are your thoughts on the tourist information centre's move to the Corn Hall? Email rebecca.murphy@archant.co.uk

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