Resident views sought on changes to three Breckland parish councils

Thetford Town sign on London Road. Picture: Simon Parker

Thetford Town sign on London Road. Picture: Simon Parker - Credit: Archant

The views of residents in Breckland communities are being sought on administrative changes requested by parish councils.

Thetford Town Council wants to extend its parish boundary to include the new Sustainable Urban Extension area - which will include 5,000 houses.

Carbrooke has asked to increase the size of its council from seven to nine members following a substantial population growth.

And Great Ellingham Parish Council is to extend their southern boundary to the A11.

Councillor Mark Robinson, Breckland Council executive member for governance, said: 'Changes in population and the pattern of growth can impact on the duties of a parish council, so requests such as these do come forward to us from time to time.

'We want to make sure that residents of these parishes and other interested groups are given the opportunity have a say on these proposals, so that their views can be taken into account before any decisions are made.'

Consultations for all three have started and will close on March 16 for Thetford and Great Ellingham and February 16.

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Breckland Council and Norfolk County Council electoral boundaries will not be affected by the proposed changes.

After the consultations close the community governance sub-committee from Breckland Council will consider the requests in the light of feedback received and will draw up draft proposals.

These will go out to further consultation in the spring.

For Carbrooke the final decision will be made by Breckland Council.

For the boundary change requests the decision will be made by Breckland Council but, depending on outcomes, may need Boundary Commission approval to implement.

Details of the changes requested can be found at the Breckland Council's website

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