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Attleborough’s mayor Karen Pettitt to ease strain on ‘bursting’ facilities in the town

Mayor of Attleborough, Karen Pettitt

Mayor of Attleborough, Karen Pettitt

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Easing the strain on the town’s “bursting” facilities is the priority for Attleborough mayor Karen Pettitt, who is preparing for another year in the top job.

Mrs Pettitt, who has lived in the town for 23 years, was re-elected as mayor at the annual general meeting of the town council on May 12, with Councillor John Taylor chosen as deputy.

The Attleborough stalwart, who took over from Eddie Wright last October, said the council will work as part of the Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group to bring more facilities to the town.

“We are working very closely with the group and we are pleased to now have George Freeman support us,” she said.

The town council launched the Neighbourhood Plan in October 2013 as a response to a Local Plan created by Breckland Council, which sought to develop homes, jobs and infrastructure in Attleborough by 2016.

Fearing a strain on services from planning applications before the deadline, the town council created a community-led Neighbourhood Plan and steering group - which will work with Breckland council to achieve its goals.

The group is made up of representatives of the Town Council, Breckland Council, Besthorpe and Old Buckenham parish councils and nearby schools amongst others.

The Neighbourhood Plan aims to provide solutions to the town’s traffic problems, improve health and social care facilities and upgrade the town’s leisure facilities – something Mrs Pettitt said is vital.

“We need more sports facilities – we are desperately short of open space. We would love a swimming pool. Our only sports centre is shared with the school,” she added. The plan would also provide school places for an additional 2,000 school and pre-school children.

Mrs Pettitt, who lives in Primrose Close, Attleborough, said: “The doctor’s surgeries are fit to bursting, the schools are fit to bursting. We are working very hard for Attleborough’s future. Although we know we can’t stop the developments, we want to make sure that they are supported and benefit Attleborough.”

The mother-of-two picked ShootAbility, an air rifle and pistol club for those with disabilities, and Attleborough Town Football Club as her charities for the year.

Do you think the facilities in Attleborough are oversubscribed? Contact Lauren Cope on lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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