Views being sought on Thetford buildings

Civic leaders are calling on townsfolk to have their say on the future of two landmark buildings in Thetford.

Civic leaders are calling on townsfolk to have their say on the future of two landmark buildings in Thetford.

The historic Guildhall and neighbouring Carnegie Room are set for very different roles as officials gear up for a multi-million pound regeneration project.

Thetford Town Council is inviting local people to air their views next month after a major feasibility study on the two town centre buildings.

A public consultation event will take place at the Guildhall, in the Market Place, on Tuesday August 22, where architects and councillors will be presenting the options for the two sites.

The listed Guildhall, which has been dedicated for public use for nearly 700 years, is set for a major renovation to bring it up to 21st century and disability access standards.

However, the future of the Carnegie Room, which was constructed in 1968 from Greater London Council redevelopment funds, is less certain.

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Susan Glossop, town manager, said there were five options for the dilapidated community building, which will be presented at the public consultation next month.

Local opinion appears to be against refurbishing the building in Well Street, which requires nearly £150,000 of works to make it structurally sound and bring it up to standard.

The final decision on the sites would be down to the town council.