Norfolk’s newest town takes its place on the map
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Villagers have officially become townsfolk after Long Stratton changed its status in response to its rapid growth.
Long Stratton Council became a town council at the local elections, granting the village on the A140 its new found status as Norfolk's newest town.
The change in status and increase in the number of councillors increased from 11 to 13 is designed to reflect its fast growing population, predicted to rise to more than 5,000 by 2022.
Becky Buck, clerk to Long Stratton Council, said: "South Norfolk through their democratic processes made the decision as part of the boundary review for Long Stratton to gain town status. This is in recognition of Stratton growing considerably in size."
It is not the first time it has been classed as a town. Research by local historian Judith Baker, published in The Sexton's Wheel parish magazine, found that Long Stratton was considered a town until the late 1880s then was said to be 'formerly a Market Town' in directories. "My last directory is dated 1937 and it was still called this," she adds.