Funding of £1.7m for improvements to Thetford

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Community projects in a Norfolk town are to get £1.7m of government funding.

The grant, according to the Moving Thetford Forward programme, had been under threat during recent government cuts.

The money will go towards a skate park near the leisure centre and a footpath and cycleway near the river.

It will also pay for cosmetic improvements to signage, street furniture and street lighting in and around the pedestrianised town centre.

William Nunn, Conservative leader of Breckland Council and chairman of Moving Thetford Forward, saidit was a "major coup" for the town.

"Work can now continue on a number of projects that will really make a difference to the residents of Thetford," he said.

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