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Empty shops emerges as key issue during review of 10-year plan for Swaffham

Friday, December 21, 2012
11.10 AM

The problem of empty shops in Swaffham has emerged as a key issue during an on-going review of a 10-year plan for the town’s future.

The Advance Swaffham plan was published three years ago, and aims to develop Swaffham as a thriving market town that actively supports businesses, the community, tourism and care of the environment.

The town centre has been hit by closure announcements from HSBC, Superdrug and Stead and Simpson, and the Advance Swaffham Action Group said vacant shop units was a key topic that has come out of an initial questionnaire sent to more than 50 groups and individuals involved in the organisation.

Other issues included more promotion of environmental issues, and urging more people to volunteer in the community and take pride in their town.

Any comments should be sent to Kate Francis, Advance Swaffham Projects Officer at the Iceni Partnership on 01760 722800 or All comments will be considered at an Advance Swaffham Action Group meeting at Swaffham Town Council at 6pm on Tuesday January 8.