Swaffham traders win council events grant

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Traders in a Swaffham shopping precinct have been awarded a grant to stage three community events, the first of which is due to be staged tomorrow.

Town councillors voted to provide £750 for the activities in Plowright Place, which begin with an Easter egg hunt from 10am on Saturday.

A Halloween-themed day is also planned for the end of October, along with an event to coincide with the Christmas lights switch-on.

The council’s contribution will be drawn from its £10,000 budget for events that was set as part of its precept in February.

Anne Thorp called for the application, put forward by Lee Lawrence, to be approved, saying: “I think they do a brilliant job for the town.”

But that proposal only went through after calls to reduce the council’s contribution were defeated.

Terry Jennison proposed a total contribution of £500, after Sheila Lister questioned whether the money would be better spent on the town’s market.

She stressed she was not opposing the principal of supporting the events, but proposed a £175 contribution to each of the planned activities.

She said: “I don’t understand why we’re so prepared to give this money when we’re not prepared to give money to the market. It’s a private place.

“I think it’s an awful lot of money when we need things in our town.”

But Brenda Bowler praised the traders for what she described as their “incredible” contribution to the town.