Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 8°C

Search

Bury St Edmunds: New £750k community facility gets estate’s backing

PUBLISHED: 12:32 21 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:32 21 April 2014

gb 014 Poppy Seeds 2

gb 014 Poppy Seeds 2

A new £750,000 community centre in Bury St Edmunds has edged closer to becoming a reality after residents voiced their overwhelming support.

The hub for the Horringer Court estate was backed by more than 90% of respondents to a recent survey put out by the local residents’ association, while a motion to continue exploring the plans was waved through at a public residents’ meeting on Thursday.

The plans are being spearheaded by the Horringer Court Residents’ Association, Horringer Court Middle School, Horringer Court Community Church and local councillors, with the school willing to host the centre on its land and use it for activities such as drama and dance. The church has already raised around £80,000 towards the project.

The estate’s county and borough councillor, Sarah Stamp, told Thursday’s meeting: “We’re not right at the beginning, but there’s a long way to go and it will involve significant commitment and funding.

“But this estate is in need of a community centre, we’re the only estate in Bury that hasn’t got one. Once you’ve got a community facility, you can start talking about Guides and Weight Watchers, and anyone else that might use it.”

A working group has been meeting roughly every eight weeks to discuss the project, with a memorandum of understanding in the process of being drafted. Before any applications for funding can be made the group will have to set-up a company structured as a charity. Trustees are likely to come from the groups involved as well as Suffolk County Council, on whose land it is due to be built and have been supporting the project with officer time.

Vice-chairman of the Horringer Court Residents’ Association, Philip Jude, said: “The legal set-up is you can’t go and ask somebody to give you money unless you’ve got someone to give it to. We’re really looking at something that would be a village hall.”

The estate has a community room at the Glastonbury Court care home, which will be lost with the new 80-bed home planned for the site.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More than £2,000 was raised at The Bell Inn’s 10th annual bike show and meet, which was described as “absolutely brilliant” by organisers.

The RSPCA is calling on animal lovers to adopt one of these cute animals waiting for their forever home from its centre in Martlesham.

Speeding fines are going up next week – with penalties doubling for motorists clocked doing more than 20mph above the limit.

A driver could be facing a ban and having his licence endorsed with 99 points after allegedly being caught speeding on the Orwell Bridge 11 times in just 25 days.

Suffolk and Essex runners are bracing themselves for the 37th London Marathon this morning.

On Sunday St George’s Day will be marked across Ipswich and each year it brings together friends and family to commemorate our patron saint.

Millionaire businessman Arron Banks will start his own pirate radio station off the Clacton coast to help become the Essex town’s MP if he is selected as the UKIP candidate.

Ipswich Conservative MP Ben Gummer got his campaign for re-election off the ground on Saturday with a little help from his parliamentary friends.

A record number of over 300 runners were treated to glorious sunshine when they took part in the 200th Bury St Edmunds parkrun in Suffolk.

Last week we set our Suffolk iWitness members their weekly challenge: framing. Here are our favourites!

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24