Volunteers wanted for Thetford community project
- Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013
A town council is seeking volunteers to help it get an empty school site back into use and serving the community after it agreed to take on its running.
Thetford Town Council members voted unanimously to back a project to bring the former Charles Burrell High School site under its control at a meeting on Thursday.
The site has been empty since July last year when Thetford Academy moved to a single site on Croxton Road. The town council will now lease the site from Norfolk County Council for 30 years.
The council had previously agreed to look at the possibility of running the site at a meeting in November. A working party was established to carry out a feasibility study and social entrepreneur, Robert Ashton, was hired to consult on the project.
Mr Ashton presented his findings at Thursday’s meeting.
You may also want to watch:
Councillor Terry Jermy, chairman of the Charles Burrell Committee, said it was “an exciting project”.
“Our next stage is to get the lease signed quickly and then get the building opened as soon as possible. I urge local people to get involved and volunteer to support the project and I am appealing to the local business community to do what they can, in these stringent times, to make this project a success.
- 1 Body discovered in Thetford Forest Park
- 2 Noise disruption possible as low-flying RAF jets simulate training
- 3 International designer asked to create ambitious vision for Thetford
- 4 Missing 84-year-old man found safe and well
- 5 Tips for families with Special Educational Needs children in lockdown
- 6 Ice warning after freezing temperatures overnight
- 7 People 'losing patience' with neighbours who flout Covid rules, police say
- 8 Norfolk woman fined after travelling 200 miles to visit daughter
- 9 Driver had drugs and £300 cash after being stopped on A11
- 10 Former school to become homeless support hub in £1.7m revamp
“We have fantastic community spirit in Thetford and I know that by working together we can make this a really great initiative and it will potentially benefit all residents of Thetford.”
A range of uses have been identified for the project, according to the town council.
It is hoped that the site will be used by community groups including sports organisations, for health and wellbeing activities, a variety of training courses and other learning opportunities.
To volunteer, download an application form from the town council’s website - www.thetfordtowncouncil.gov.uk
Groups interested in using the site can register their interest by contacting the council on 01842 754247.