�4.7million youth centre plan unveiled

THE first images of a planned �4.7million activity centre for young people in Stowmarket have been unveiled.

Elliot Furniss

THE first images of a planned �4.7million activity centre for young people in Stowmarket have been unveiled.

Delivery of the “world class” youth centre - named The Mix - moved a step closer this week after the pre-panning consultation process was launched.

The Mix would be built at a site opposite the Regal Cinema in Ipswich Street and would offer a range of activities for youngsters in the town, who are being invited to have their say on the idea.

The proposals have been put forward by Suffolk County Council and The Mix has been described as “an exciting modern facility” that would provide young people with a safe space to explore their talents, socialise with friends and access independent advice and guidance.

The building work would take two years and the council plans to start with the demolition of the existing building in June next year before opening the new facility by June 2012.

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The site would house a caf�, multi-media centre, IT suite, dance hall and sports facilities and would be funded largely from a myplace grant from the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Graham Newman, the council's portfolio holder for children, schools, and young people's services, said The Mix represented a “superb and almost unique investment” in young people's services.

He said: “It's really fantastic to see how the different statutory agencies are coming together and providing a range of services in a purpose-built environment. And best of all, young people are having a big say in what's happening.”

The council is now seeking feedback on the plans and is holding a series of public drop-in sessions at the offices of Stowmarket Town Council on Thursday from 3pm to 8pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

Anyone can attend the sessions, view the plans and talk to members of the project team. Alternatively it is also possible to view the plans and make comments via www.suffolk.gov.uk/themix.

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