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Early discussions over potential dementia support hub in Swaffham

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A dementia support hub is being considered in a West Norfolk market town.

Swaffham Town Council has a hub on its funding wishlist, although it is still very early days with other schemes being prioritised first.

The town's Breckland councillors have committed to a green infrastructure policy with a view to air quality management at the junction of Station Street and Mangate Street by the George Hotel.

Swaffham's Breckland and county councillor Ed Colman
Swaffham's Breckland and county councillor Ed Colman

Councillor Ed Colman said a walking and cycling app is also being explored using the existing Breckworld app as a basis for it.

But he told this week's full council meeting that a dementia support hub has also been discussed by district councillors.

Mr Colman said: "I am happy to explore those conversations with local services such as the Merle Boddy Centre."

Although the funding is still a long way off, Mr Colman said the county council would examine the exisiting provision in the town.

Town councillor Ian Pilcher, marketing director of the Merle Boddy, said he was surprised by the inclusion of the support hub in the discussions, and welcomed further assistance from the county council.

He described its support for the Merled Boddy as "exemplary" during the pandemic.

Swaffham Town Council also agreed to commit to Parish Partnership Scheme funding for new signage at the Theatre Street Car Park.

This was seen as being more of a priority than improved surfacing of Bears Lane with a figure of £5,000 being discussed during last night's meeting.

Norfolk County Council would provide match-funding for this.

Town councillor Lindsay Beech said the signage was important to attract people to park in the town and use local businesses.

And town councillor Judy Anscombe highlighted that talks over the Theatre Street Car Park have been going on "for such a long time".

Meanwhile, a temporary traffic order will restrict access to North Pickenham Road in Swaffham from November 23 to 27.

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