Copied from Leader of Breckland

As you may be aware, the council was a finalist in the Commercialism in the Property Estate category – and I’m delighted to inform you that the council was named as the winner.

This is a tremendous achievement for the council. It recognises on the national stage the vision and commitment of our organisation, and its members and officers, as an early adopter of commercial investment and an organisation that is innovative and forward-thinking.

The judges selected Breckland Council as the winner over much larger authorities from elsewhere in the country. They were particularly interested to hear about our innovative Breckland Bridge partnership, which recently delivered the £8m Thetford Riverside scheme, as well as our wider commercial approach, including our diverse property portfolio which brings in around the same amount of money as we receive in council tax.

The judges recognised the difference our approach is making to the district and the benefits it has brought – and continues to bring – for the good of local people. These include helping us to keep council tax low, driving growth, creating jobs, and delivering housing. I am proud that Breckland has won this award and I hope you will join me in celebrating this success.