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Second consultation on Thetford boundary changes starts

PUBLISHED: 08:30 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:09 18 April 2018

King's House in King Street, Thetford, home to Thetford Town Council. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

King's House in King Street, Thetford, home to Thetford Town Council. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The second stage of a public consultation into boundary changes in Thetford has started.

Thetford Town Council requested to extend its boundaries to include the still to be built 5,000 house development, known as Thetford Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE).

The SUE currently falls into the parishes of Croxton, Brettenham and Kilverstone.

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The first stage of the consultation was recently reviewed by Breckland Council’s Community Governance (CGR) Review subcommittee.

Following this, the CGR have revised the proposal for no changes to be made to the boundary.

Members felt before making such a significant change, those living in the SUE area should be consulted when the houses have been built and occupied.

The town council has said if the boundary is not changed, those who live in the new development will use the town’s services but will not be paying for them.

The authority added it would be unfair that the new residents would pay £100 less in council tax than those who already live in Thetford.

In the first consultation, of the 433 Thetford residents who responded to the consultation, 389 agreed with the changes, 28 disagreed and 16 were unclear.

The majority of residents living in Croxton and Brettenham and Kilverstone were against the changes.

In total 92 people responded, 81 disagreed with moving the boundary and 11 agreed.

To have your say visit Breckland Council. Responses to the consultation should be sent via the online form on the website, by email to elections@breckland.gov.uk or by letter to Breckland Council, Democratic Services, Community Governance Review, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham, NR19 1EE.

The consultation closes on June 22.

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