Surveying work in Diss for town improvement

Sylvia Collier, senior grant officer with the Heritage Lottery Fund with David Case, chairman of the

Sylvia Collier, senior grant officer with the Heritage Lottery Fund with David Case, chairman of the Diss Corn Hall Trust. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

Work to improve the centre of Diss to make it a more enjoyable experience for visitors and residents is gathering pace as surveyors prepare to use hi-tech scanning equipment.

The Heritage Triangle project wants to modify pavements and road surfaces to create what it calls 'a more harmonious balance between motorist and pedestrian'.

Ahead of the work a ground penetrating radar survey will take place to look for gas pipes, electricity ducts, telephone cables and drains and 'anomalies', such as cellars,

Residents may have noticed chalk signs on roads in the town which mark out the planned survey areas.

Heritage Triangle project manager Sheila King said: 'Although we're keeping most of the existing paving, we need to do the survey work so that kerb lines can be set correctly and to ensure drains work properly. You have to dig quite a way down for this and the survey should let us do this with minimum disruption.


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'Impressions of how the Heritage Triangle will look when the streetscape is redesigned will go on display in August.

'This will show the 'squares' we are creating on Market Hill, which will help slow down the traffic and make the area more pleasant for pedestrians.'

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As part of the overall £3m Heritage Triangle project work also includes history noticeboards and a new community garden.

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