Locals say Thetford Priory has been bit by vandalism and littering and needs greater support.
Norfolk MEP and English Heritage member Alex Mayer has joined local campaigners in calling for residents and local organisations to step up in taking care of the historic site, which has fallen into neglect in recent years
Ms Mayer met with County Councillor Terry Jermy and Town Councillor Mike Brindle. The group inspected the problems and called on Thetford Town Council who manage the site and English Heritage who own the Priory to improve maintenance at the historic landmark.
Cllr Mike Brindle, who is Chair of the Thetford Environment Committee, explained that ditches are getting clogged with litter, vegetation is overgrown and that vandals have even stolen some of the historic flint stones.
He said: “The historical significance of Thetford Priory is often understated. It could and should be a key part of Thetford’s heritage and tourism offer. I am pleased that Alex Mayer MEP has accepted my request to visit the site on Friday so that I can show her what is on offer and hopefully she will agree to write to English Heritage to champion our concerns.”
Alex Mayer MEP, who is a life member of English Heritage, said: “We can’t let this most important of East Anglian monasteries become the victim of vandals and litterbugs.
“Together we need to ensure organisations don’t ditch their responsibilities to Thetford Priory.”
Previously European funding was given to the local authority to improve the quality and security of the local area around the site, which led to the installation of new walls and gates.”