How happy are you with life in Diss? survey asks

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Diss Mere - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2015

Community surveys often ask questions on what you think about a local issue or your views on specific changes to the area where you live.

Diss Corn Hall. Picture: Sonya Duncan.

Diss Corn Hall. Picture: Sonya Duncan. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2015

But a survey being launched in a Norfolk town today is asking some more fundamental questions – how happy are you with life here?

Diss, in the south of the county, is about to see some of its biggest changes for several years, with the Heritage Triangle project to redevelop St Nicholas Street, Market Hill and Market Place.

Part of that is the £3m renovation of the Corn Hall arts venue, which is due to be unveiled later this year.

As a result the Diss Town Team organisation – set up in response to retail guru Mary Portas' challenge to improve town centres – wants to be able to track the difference the project and other changes in the town will make.

Diss Mere. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Diss Mere. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2015

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As a result it is encouraging as many residents across the town as possible to complete a survey to find out how Diss and surrounding villages feel about the town and what it offers their lives.

The aim is to then do a similar survey in the future to determine what residents think about the town after the changes – to gauge the impact they have had.

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Alan Franks, chairman of the Town Team – made up of representatives of town traders, local societies and the town council – said: 'We want to find out how residents view Diss and the social opportunities available and to measure whether the improvements being carried out will have a positive impact on residents' lives.'

Geoff Dixon, managing director of Diss-based firm Vivid Interface – which is carrying out the survey for the Town Team on a pro-bono basis - added: 'We're trying to take a snapshot of well-being in Diss.'

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Those who complete the survey will be entered into a draw to win £100 and dinner for two at the Burston Crown.

About 300 young people at Diss High School have already completed the survey.

Research interviewers will be carrying out the survey with passers-by in Mere Street and Market place on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11.

To complete the survey, visit

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