03/01/17: Funding to further enhance Breckland's five market towns


Almost £25,000 will be used to further enhance Breckland's five market towns and attract more visitors and businesses.

Last year, each of the town councils were asked by Breckland Council to draw up plans for how they could use the money to encourage residents and visitors to shop in Dereham, Watton, Swaffham, Attleborough and Thetford and support new businesses to move in to enable further growth.

The proposals put together by the town councils were approved by Breckland's Cabinet at its meeting today (3 January). The town councils, with support from Breckland Council, will now look to implement their proposals over the coming year. Proportions of the funding, totalling £23,017, will be shared across the five market towns, based on their populations.

The ideas put forward by the town councils range from small scale cosmetic improvements - such as replacing hanging baskets and planting trees, to boosting publicity and developing new marketing strategies, installing updated signage to help visitors navigate the towns, and organising events - including heritage days and business expositions.

Cllr William Nunn, Breckland's Leader, commented: "Supporting the growth and success of our market towns is a key priority for Breckland Council and I'm pleased that we are working closely with the local town councils and businesses in their areas to make best use of this available funding.

"The projects put forward will give visitors and new businesses even more reasons to come to our market towns, which will support their growth. They will also enhance the towns for our residents and existing businesses."

Last updated: 19/01/2017 14:00:10