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Council announces £20k investment in Swaffham Buttercross project

The Buttercross in Swaffham.. (2784674)
The Buttercross in Swaffham.. (2784674)

District council leaders have announced plans to invest £20,000 in a project to renovate Swaffham’s Buttercross.

The scheme is one of several to share the latest round of funding from Breckland Council’s Market Towns Initiative, which aims to boost the fortunes of the district’s five main towns.

The money will be used to help fund repairs, as well as the installation of permanent lighting and power supply points.

Work is also planned to relay cobbles around the building to make the area flatter and better able to accommodate public events.

Paul Claussen, the district council’s executive member for place, said: “We are investing significant funding into our communities through our Market Towns Initiative and rolling out projects which enhance our towns.

“Our drive is to make them more attractive for our residents and visitors and ensure the district’s vitality and prosperity.

“We have already made a start on a number of our own projects under the initiative and I’m delighted that we are also now able to support a number of local partners who are on-board and share our vision for a brighter Breckland.”

So far, the authority has allocated £500,000 towards the Market Towns Initiative.

One of the projects it has funded so far is the ShopAppy scheme, which aims to encourage consumers to use independent shops by listing them on an app which enables them to receive orders outside their normal trading hours.

Groups who have proposals to enhance the town should email john.mullen@breckland.gov.uk for further details.

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