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Dereham to benefit from boost in market town funding for redevelopment study

PUBLISHED: 15:07 02 October 2018

Dereham will benefit from Breckland Council's Market Towns Initiative. Picture: Ian Burt

Dereham will benefit from Breckland Council's Market Towns Initiative. Picture: Ian Burt

Dereham Town Council will receive up to £1700 to support a study looking for opportunities to redesign the town’s market place and town centre.

Breckland Council is paying for the study as part of its Market Towns Initiative, with projects in towns across Breckland benefiting from the latest share of funding amounting to £50,000.

The Market Towns Initiative was initially assigned almost £250,000 and has since had its funding increased by a further £250,000 to enable the programme to deliver even more projects.

Councillor Paul Claussen, Breckland’s executive member for place, said: “We are investing significant funding into our communities through our Market Towns Initiative and rolling out projects which enhance our towns. Our drive is to make them more attractive for our residents and visitors and ensure the district’s vitality and prosperity.

“We have already made a start on a number of our own projects under the Market Towns Initiative and I’m delighted that we are also now able to support a number of local partners who are on board and share our vision for a brighter Breckland.”

Breckland Council launched its Market Towns Initiative last year in order to fund and deliver projects that make the district’s market towns and their surrounding areas a positive place to live and work and to attract visitors into the district.

This includes the council funding and delivering its own initiatives as well as supporting projects being delivered by the council’s partners.

The latest plans to receive financial backing from Breckland will help to deliver a programme of community activities in Thetford, as well as two arts projects in the town, and improvements to the Buttercross in Swaffham.

Previously announced Market Towns Initiative schemes include the council’s ShopAppy project, which makes it possible for people to go online to click and collect goods from local independent shops, the roll out of ‘The Glutton’ modern street-cleaning machine and in-town signage improvements.

The Dereham study will look at opportunities to enhance the market and associated events and give consideration to how buses and cars access the town centre.

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