Plans afoot for pedestrian scheme in Diss’s historic centre

�New road designs are shortly to be unveiled for the �Heritage Triangle� area of Diss, including St

�New road designs are shortly to be unveiled for the �Heritage Triangle� area of Diss, including St Nicholas Street, Market Hill, and the section of Market Place that connects them. - Credit: Sheila Moss King

A major project to make Diss pedestrian-friendly and attract more visitors to the town will start in April, it has been revealed.

During the works, which begin on April 17, there will be a phased closure of St Nicholas Street, Market Hill and the top of Market Place.

The works should be finished within three months.

The project, which was announced last year, is part of a £3.2m Heritage Lottery-funded scheme to revamp the town's Heritage Triangle and restore the historic Diss Corn Hall.

Paul Gallop, Norfolk County Council engineer, said in a letter to the town: 'The proposed works involve the resurfacing of the existing footways and carriageway with new surface materials.

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'New raised tables are to be installed to help encourage pedestrian movement, while also maintaining vehicle movement in the area.'

Mr Gallop added: 'The existing carriageway parking bays on Market Hill will be removed as part of the proposal to widen the existing footway.'

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The scheme will also see seven interpretation panels, dubbed 'Toblerones', installed around the Heritage Triangle to describe the area's history.

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