The suggestion for the panels and posts came from aboutDereham members who said it was a priority for the town. As a result, a study was funded through Breckland Council’s Market Town Initiative. The Chairman of aboutDereham, Mike Webb, commented: “I’m very proud of what’s been done. The research carried out by Dereham Heritage Trust, the designing of the panels, arranging the fabrication and installation has all been done to a very high spec. The feedback has been very positive with many compliments about the information and design. Well done to everybody who’s been involved.”
Dereham Town Mayor, Councillor Stuart Green, officially unveiled the main panel in the Market Place, commenting: “This is the second successful project in the last few months and just goes to show what can be achieved working collaboratively with the support of all three councils. The panels give a real boost to the town centre and offer a more welcoming and accessible environment for visitors. The wealth of local information about Dereham and its people is incredible.”
Cllr Alison Webb, Breckland Council's Executive Member for Health, Housing, and Communities, said: "Breckland Council has been pleased to support and contribute to this project which has been yet another benefit for Dereham from our Market Town Initiative. It clearly demonstrates the benefit of partnership working with other councils and the voluntary sector. It’s a very visible and tangible project that benefits our residents and visitors alike.”
Cllr Martin Wilby, Cabinet member for Highways, Infrastructure and Transport at Norfolk County Council, hoped this would be the first of many joint projects in the future and commented: “It shows the crucial role of the voluntary sector with their enthusiasm, commitment and chivvying to get things done.