Bank holiday fun in Thetford

Ian Clarke A packed day of activities is in store for people in part of Thetford on bank holiday Monday to mark the latest phase in consultation on the future of the town.

Ian Clarke

A packed day of activities is in store for people in part of Thetford on bank holiday Monday to mark the latest phase in consultation on the future of the town.

The Abbey Neighbourhood Community Centre is the venue for the event organised by Keystone Development Trust to promote the West Thetford Community Consultation.

Commissioned by Flagship Housing Group, the consultation has been asking residents living in West Thetford what they like about living in Thetford and what they would change.


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The event on Monday runs from 11am-3pm, with activities for children, including face painting and balloon-modelling with a guest clown.

Discount vouchers for the caf� will be available for the first 50 customers.

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On display during the day will be street maps where residents will be encouraged to mark hotspots needing attention or to pinpoint where potential regeneration could take place.

Thetford Ancient House Museum has donated photos from the Our Thetford: Yesterday & Tomorrow exhibition, which finishes on Saturday.

The exhibition will illustrate how the sleepy market town was transformed in the sixties when the majority of the West Thetford estates were originally built.

By 2021, having gained government Growth Point Status, Thetford will see 6,000 new homes being built as well as a wide range of services.

More than 4,000 leaflets have been sent out by Keystone which has been delivering questionnaires to residents on the Abbey, Barnham Cross and Redcastle estates.

Martin Aust, Flagship's business growth director, said: “Feedback from the questionnaires and interviews will aid the future decision-making process to plan and regenerate areas of West Thetford that need attention.”

For a copy of the questionnaire call Keystone Development Trust on 01842 750722.

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