A HARD-FOUGHT battle to keep Thetford Bus Station at its current site has been lost after a unanimous vote by officials.
The Bus Station will now move from Bridge Street to Minstergate after members of the Moving Thetford (MTF) Board shot down alternative plans at a meeting last Thursday.
The decision comes despite August’s parish poll – which cost taxpayers £6,000 – showing that 81 per cent of voters were against the relocation.
Speaking at a meeting of Thetford Town Council on Tuesday, Cllr Terry Lamb, who attended the MTF meeting on behalf of the town council, called it a ‘parody’.
“It was cut and dry. The parish poll was ridiculed by certain members and treated like it didn’t matter.”
Two alternative plans to the relocation were shown to members. The first was sent by Thetford town councillor Terry Jermy, with the second provided by the Thetford Society.
Along with MTF’s plans for the site, a technical assessment of all three proposals was presented, with factors including cost, economic viability, deliverability and environmental impact considered.
Members rejected the two alternative schemes after the assessment showed they were not deliverable, finally passing the MTF scheme.
William Nunn, leader of Breckland Council, said it was time for people to get behind the scheme now a decision had been finalised.
“Thetford is in a great position at the moment with the improvements to infrastructure and the town centre that are planned.
“I understand that people are concerned about change, but we need to spend this money that we have, get businesses into the town and reinvigorate it,” he said.
Cllr Nunn cited the recent opening of a new B&Q store and Pets at Home as a sign that companies recognised Thetford’s burgeoning status.