Town centre plans make vital progress

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THE future of Thetford’s town centre looks bright after two schemes took positive steps.

On Wednesday, it was announced that approval had been given to plans to revamp Kings Street following a public consultation held through February and March.

And on Tuesday a delegation travelled to Westminster to meet with communities minister Grant Shapps to discuss the town’s Sort It bid to join the Portas Pilot scheme.

The Kings Street plans were discussed by the Moving Thetford Forward Partnership and the Town Centre Steering Group.

Susan Glossop, town manager, said public feedback was encouraging.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for us to move Thetford forwards by improving a key area of the town and the work forms part of a much wider strategy to develop and enhance our town centre,” she said.

Designs centre on the area outside Boots in King Street, with plans for a terrace and stage area with seating and water features.

It is hoped work will take place this summer and is expected to take 15 weeks.

The Sort It delegation was able to present its campaign to join the Portas Pilot – a scheme giving 12 towns funding and the chance to work with retail guru Mary Portas.

Town and Breckland councillors Corinne Fulford, Terry Jermy and Mark Robinson made up the delegation.