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Thetford's Abbey estate shown options to tackle area's issues in community consultation




Residents of the Abbey estate in Thetford are being asked to help shape the future of their area as a community consultation gathers pace.

The Flagship Housing Group carried out the consultation’s first steps in June and are now hoping for opinions on three options from the feedback to help the area tackle issues such as anti-social behaviour, parking, use and condition of the garages and safety and connectivity.

The consultation comes after Flagship carried out extensive community engagement between 2019 and 2020 to understand what matters to local people.

An artist's impression of the estate's community centre in one of the consultation options. Picture: Flagship Group (49676576)
An artist's impression of the estate's community centre in one of the consultation options. Picture: Flagship Group (49676576)

Peter Hawes, chairman of Flagship, said: "Thank you to everyone who shared their views in the first step of our consultation with Abbey residents.

“We have listened to what you have told us and as a result, we are presenting solutions in response to the issues and feedback that emerged from step 1 of the consultation.

“We are committed to the Abbey estate. We know it is a place with a great community spirit but with a number of challenges too. We want to work with local people to tackle these, bring significant and sustainable improvements, and make the estate an even better place to be for today’s and tomorrow’s residents.”

The outdoor spaces options include this artist's impression of a possible park idea. Picture: Flagship Group
The outdoor spaces options include this artist's impression of a possible park idea. Picture: Flagship Group

The options include improvements to garage courts, a new neighbourhood park, a wider choice of shops, new play facilities and better lighting.

Every resident on the estate has been shown the possible options and can have their say by completing the form with it - either to the neighbourhood centre, in the freepost envelope provided or online: www.givemyview/abbeyestate/polls.

The closing date for feedback in this step of the consultation is August 9.

Councillor Paul Claussen, Breckland Council’s executive member for economic development and growth, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for local people to help shape the future of the Abbey estate, from the housing there to community facilities and services.

"I urge residents to come forward to share their views and outline what is most important to them, so Flagship can shape their proposals with people’s comments in mind."

This is just the second step in a process which will see further consultation later this autumn when residents will be invited to choose the option they want for the Abbey.

Any residents wishing to find out more, go to www.givemyview/abbeyestate, the Abbey Engagement Updates Facebook page or call 0808 168 4555.

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