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New Thetford bus station for St Nicholas Street is given the go-ahead

18:02 28 July 2012

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An artist's view of the proposed bus station/ interchange, this one taken from within the proposed site looking north-east towards London Road..

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Plans for a re-located bus station in Thetford – said to be the key to a multi-million pound regeneration of the town – were given the go ahead yesterday.

The decision goes against a parish poll which took place last summer and saw 81pc of respondents say they wanted the station to remain on its current site at the Anchor.

But yesterday members of the Norfolk County Council planning committee gave the St Nicholas Street proposals – for five bus bays, a single storey building for an information point, toilets and storage, and the renovation of a listed building – the thumbs up.

Marion Chapman-Allen, county councillor representing Thetford East, told the meeting that moving the bus station was vital to the regeneration of the town centre. She added: “This will lead the way for a proposed hotel, cinema and shops on the Anchor site and investment of £6m from Breckland Council and £1m from Norfolk County Council.

“Any further delay could potentially damage the regeneration of the town.”

But Stuart Wilson, of the Thetford Society, warned councillors approval of the plans would go against the wishes of local people. He said townsfolk were concerned about traffic problems and the safety of pedestrians: “Thetford is desperately in need of a new bus station – it has been for a number of years – but this is not the place for it.

Ahead of the vote by councillors, committee member John Ward said: “This new site is not ideal but it’s an improvement on the old site.”

3 comments

  • Procrastination will continue and it will never happen. It is absolute madness to squeeze it in here anyway when the existing station could be refurbished at much lower cost

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    Jacob Burns

    Saturday, July 28, 2012

  • Let's just get on with it shall we? The town needs it even some of the residents don't want it. Planning consent has now been given for the bus station so it just remains to progress the Anchor site plans [subject as always to any further objections from the Holding Norfolk Back brigade].

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    JCW

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • As always in Norfolk,the don't build it here,its a traffichealth hazard or it will spoil the view brigade will be out in force.

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    Cynical Bob

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

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