Town plans to go to the public

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A £600,000 project could be set to breathe new life into Thetford town centre.

Planners hope that work to revamp the area outside Boots Chemist and Opticians in King Street will provide a more attractive and practical environment for shoppers.

The scheme includes a pavilion with seating and improved lighting.

The scheme is being provided by the Moving Thetford Forward (MTF) Partnership and Thetford Town Council.

An MTF spokesman said: “The scheme will improve and enhance the area, making it more attractive to tourists, shoppers, businesses and residents of Thetford and will encourage people into the town.”

Derek Mortimer, Mayor of Thetford, said projects such as this were much needed.

“I think that anything to do with the beautification of the town centre is an important issue and we should be pleased to see that something like this is done.

“The town centre needs a little TLC and this should go towards it,” he said.

Public consultation on the proposals will now take place, with a marquee exhibition to be held in King Street on February 27 from 10am-5pm. It will then move to the town council offices from 5.15pm to 8pm.

The exhibition will allow residents a preview of the plans and members of Moving Thetford Forward group for heritage, culture and tourism will be on hand to answer questions. Representatives of Thetford Town Council, Norfolk County Council and Breckland Council and the designers will also be there.

According to MTF, comments from the consultation will be put into a report and could have an effect on the final proposals.

The plans are also available from and will be displayed at the council offices in King Street for two weeks after the exhibition.