Yesterday, the Conservative-run Business and Property Committee voted to sell a Council owned property on Elm Road, Thetford. This former school site had previously been designated as a potential respite centre for local disabled people, who currently must travel to Norwich for these services and resources.
Time and money had already been invested in the plans for a new centre, which could have saved the Council £250,000 per year in transport costs. However, after leaving the site to deteriorate, the Tories voted to sell the site.
Local Labour Councillor Terry Jermy, who has long supported the redevelopment of the site, led the opposition to the proposal. He pointed out that Elm Road is ideally situated to provide respite care, and highlighted the fact that council money had already been used to secure planning permission for the work. Despite this, Conservative councillors on the Committee voted unanimously against his suggestions.
Undeterred, Terry Jermy intends to lead a community effort in Thetford to raise the money to buy the site for the Town Council or to get it registered as a site of community value.