A mural project which caused controversy in Dereham over its proposed £34,000 cost has been scrapped.

Breckland Council’s Paul Claussen, executive member for economic development, announced the decision to scrap Dereham's Memoirs through Murals project at a full council meeting.

He revealed the news as he answered a question from councillor Roger Atterwill.

Mr Atterwill, along with Harry Clarke, were two councillors who voiced their concerns over the £34,000 project, which was put on hold after it was labelled a "waste of money" and confidential details about it were made public in February.

Dereham Times: Paul Claussen, the executive member for economic development and growth at Breckland CouncilPaul Claussen, the executive member for economic development and growth at Breckland Council (Image: Breckland Council)

Mr Atterwill asked if the project had been scrapped at the meeting.

Mr Clauseen said: “Having reviewed the matter with the ward members involved in the initial project, a further decision has been taken for the project to be permanently stopped.

"No further activity will take place, and we have now ended our relationship with all suppliers involved.

“I appreciate this is disappointing and unfortunate for many of those involved, particularly the young people and community groups.

"As before, I would like to put on record my thanks for their work. However, I am confident it is on balance the best decision for Dereham right now.”

“Whilst the Market Towns Initiative Programme has formally ceased, all the funding from the project will be retained for activity in Dereham.”

Dereham Times: Roger Atterwill, Leader of the Independent & Green GroupRoger Atterwill, Leader of the Independent & Green Group (Image: Breckland District Council)

The council’s deputy leader added that a dedicated programme manager to work alongside partners on the Dereham Marketplace has been put in place.

They will continue to work with partners in the range of other activities identified to help the town.

Mr Atterwill added: “I think this is good news, I believe the project was ill-conceived especially during a cost of living crisis.

“I am pleased that Breckland confirmed that the money earmarked for the project has been put in reserve so the town does not lose out. I am now hoping the town can get something more meaningful and practical.”