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Historic wall collapses blocking access to park

PUBLISHED: 17:02 06 June 2019 | UPDATED: 08:14 07 June 2019

Talks are underway after The Nunnery Wall next to Diss Park collapsed. Picture: Simon Parkin

Talks are underway after The Nunnery Wall next to Diss Park collapsed. Picture: Simon Parkin

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A historic wall at the centre of protracted ownership negotiations between a landowner and council has collapsed partially blocking access to Diss Park.

The collapse of the Nunnery Wall has partially blocked rthe Denmark Street acess to Diss Park. Picture: Simon ParkinThe collapse of the Nunnery Wall has partially blocked rthe Denmark Street acess to Diss Park. Picture: Simon Parkin

Part of the boundary wall between the park and 19th century Nunnery building in Denmark Street has been left a mount of rumble.

The Nunnery is currently undergoing development after planning permission was granted in 2016 to convert the former nursing home and existing cottage to residential use and build two four bedroom houses in the grounds.

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Talks are now underway to clear the wall amid fears the blocked access could affect the Diss Cyclathon event that takes place on June 23.

Simon Olander, leader of Diss Town Council, said: "The landowner had concerns with regard to the stability of the wall so we advised him as a shared boundary landowner to put fencing up to protect any potential falls and obviously that has worked because it has fallen inside that fence.

"We are negosiating with the landowner and we are keen to work with him to get the area cleared because obviously we have Diss Cyclathon that uses that entrance and exit."

The toewn council and landowner are currently in long-running talks over future shared ownership of the wall.

Mr Olander said: "That is something that is on-going, with the help of the planning authority as they have the expertise in issues like this, but at the moment it is unclear who the wall ownership lies with."

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