Thetford Town Centre Thriving Places Programme and the Maharajah Ranjit & Duleep Singh Park
Meeting: 20/09/2021 - Cabinet (Item 87)
Report of Councillor Paul Claussen, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economic Development & Growth.
The Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economic Development and Growth presented the report that updated Members on the progress with the Thetford Town Centre activity programme and sought approval to progress the name change of ‘Butten Island’ in Thetford to the ‘Maharajah Ranjit & Duleep Singh Park’.
Councillor James thanked the Council for enhancing the areas that were within her ward which had received a positive response from residents.
Councillor Brame said he was speaking on behalf of the Sikh community who did not want to rename Butten Island but had asked if the park could be called the ‘Maharajah Ranjit & Duleep Singh Park on Butten Island’. By renaming the park, it would create a tourist attraction and allow their culture to be involved within Thetford.
The Executive Member for Customer, Digital and Performance, Councillor Mark Robinson endorsed the report and added that the links between Thetford and the Sikh community were very strong.
It was proposed that recommendation 2 be reworded to: “the renaming of Butten Island in Thetford to “Maharajah Ranjit & Duleep Singh Park on Butten Island” in recognition of the important cultural and historical connections to Thetford”. This was seconded.
1) Note the report, and progress the proposed renaming of Butten Island (Recommended)
2) Note the report, and do nothing, keeping the current name of Butten Island
Reasons for Recommendation:
The Council’s “Thriving Places” agenda prioritises innovations at a local level which help enhance local areas, increase public and visitor engagement, and increases investment in local areas. It is believed this change, whilst modest in scale, could have significant positive impacts in regard to all these elements.
The renaming of the island would enhance the Punjab history and culture and the significance to the town of Thetford, encouraging visitors. It would also provide a further national-level point of interest to highlight the strength and diversity of Thetford’s culture, and significance within historic and modern UK.
1) the recent progress in supporting the ongoing regeneration and growth in Thetford Town centre under the Council’s Thriving Places programme, and future plans to support the Town be noted.
2) the renaming of Butten Island in Thetford to “Maharajah Ranjit & Duleep Singh Park on Butten Island” in recognition of the important cultural and historical connections to Thetford be approved.