Council chiefs in for hostile reception

The leaders of Breckland Council are bracing themselves for another hostile reception when they return to update residents on the progress of Thetford's growth point project.

The leaders of Breckland Council are bracing themselves for another hostile reception when they return to update residents on the progress of Thetford's growth point project.

The district council was accused of years of underinvestment and neglecting Breckland's largest town at a public meeting six months ago.

Officials from the local authority and Moving Thetford Forward will be returning to the Carnegie Room at 7.30pm on Tuesday, October 21, to update people on improvements in the town.

The Thetford Neighbourhood Forum aims to keep residents informed about ongoing projects and the progress of the growth point initiative, which aims to create 6,000 new homes and 5,000 jobs by 2021.

The public meeting comes as the newly formed Thetford Task Force - a collaboration between town, district, and county councillors -works to address immediate issues identified by the public.

Members of the task force - an offshoot of Moving Thetford Forward - have so far carried out an environmental services audit of the town using disposable cameras to identify fly tipping, littering and untidy hotspots in the town and an initial cleanup of the Spring Walk area has been completed.

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The bus station toilets have been reopened by the town council and work has begun to restore two football pitches at Barnham Cross Common for weekend use. Work to resurface the Market Place is also set to start at the end of the year.

The Moving Thetford Forward board is also working on plans to relocate the bus station to the Minstergate area and redevelop the current bus station site and riverside area.