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Mayor hails 'phenomenal' Downham Market survey response

Community leaders in Downham have praised what they say is the "phenomenal" response to their call for ideas on how to shape the town's future.

There are just a few days left for people to take part in the Opportunities Downham Market consultation, launched earlier this month.

The scheme aims to develop plans for future improvement and investment in the town.

Downham Market Town Hall. (45992042)
Downham Market Town Hall. (45992042)

And officials say that, out of 313 consultation responses, more than half have indicated they want to be part of the project going forward.

Town mayor Jenny Groom said: "This is a phenomenal response and we are absolutely delighted that so many people have taken the time to give us their views.

"People have submitted a range of ideas for the town and the town hall building, which will be a great basis for discussion as we start to draw plans together."

The deadline for consultation responses expires at midnight on Friday, May 28, and residents, traders and visitors are being urged to get involved.

Mrs Groom said: "We really want to hear from people, to see what they think of the town, what the positives are and where the areas for improvement might be.

"There are lots of opportunities to explore as we look for ways to encourage people back to the town centre, to capitalise on the opportunities presented by people who are now home-working rather than commuting, and of course to develop our tourism offer as more people are likely to be holidaying in this country for a while.

"We also have a fabulous, historic town hall, which is currently underused. We want to hear people's ideas for how that valuable asset can be put to better use.

"We need to have plans ready so that we can secure any funding that might be available."

To take part in the consultation visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QRVSQLS.

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