Century-long agreement over Dereham green space to end
- Credit: Noah Vickers
The management of a popular open space in Dereham will be transferred from one council to another, ending a 111-year-long agreement branded “not fit for the 21st century”.
At a Thursday meeting of Breckland District Council (BDC), councillors voted to release funds to enable the transfer of management responsibilities of Neatherd Moor to Dereham Town Council (DTC).
The moor has up until now been owned by DTC but managed by BDC - the result of a 1910 agreement which BDC cabinet member Paul Hewett said “isn’t fit for the 21st century” and had resulted in “a number of issues actually for decades, in terms of who does what.”
To enable the transfer, BDC will give DTC £150,000 to maintain the 47-acre common into the future.
Independent councillor Roger Atterwill asked whether the track running along the south of the Moor from Crown Road, which he said had been a “big bone of contention”, would be included in the transfer.
Mr Hewett said the road is “quite unique”, and is the responsibility of multiple authorities.
He added there was no reference in the 1910 agreement to the upkeep of the road.
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