Caribbean centre future still uncertain

TODAY the future of the Ipswich Caribbean Association (ICA) remains unclear according to its backers despite assurances of help.

TODAY the future of the Ipswich Caribbean Association (ICA) remains unclear according to its backers despite assurances of help.

Ipswich Borough Council's (IBC) executive committee yesterday agreed measures designed to protect the ICA while protecting taxpayer's money.

The proposals include ensuring IBC work to help the ICA produce a sustainable business plan.

It sets out plans to review progress back to executive committee and ensure financial worries IBC has are resolved before committing taxpayer's money


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But treasurer of the association and a Labour councillor, Albert Grant said today he is still concerned they are no further forward.

As previously reported in The Evening Star, IBC suspended a �50,000 grant because they were concerned about the viability of the association.

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Mr Grant said the proposals set out by IBC yesterday are unrealistic due to the sheer amount of work involved and the limited timetable put forward.

He said: “It is difficult. We have to try to do all they propose in the next two to three weeks, getting all the accounts ready and show how we will run the centre.

“We must try to save the centre for the people of Ipswich as a whole. But unless we get someone to come in and give it some real help I am concerned.”

Councillor Nadia Cenci communities portfolio holder said the council remained concerned about the viability of the association and its management capabilities.

She said: “Having considered all the issues I believe we have now set a position which gives the ICA a real chance to go forward if they are able to demonstrate that they can run their own affairs.”

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