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Residents set to have community centre

PUBLISHED: 16:15 22 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

YEARS of planning have paid off for residents of a Woodbridge estate who are set to have their own community centre.

Instead of having to travel into Woodbridge to use playgroups and the community hall, people living in the Kyson Ward will soon be just around the corner from whatever they need.

YEARS of planning have paid off for residents of a Woodbridge estate who are set to have their own community centre.

Instead of having to travel into Woodbridge to use playgroups and the community hall, people living in the Kyson Ward will soon be just around the corner from whatever they need.

Five years after the idea to provide a community centre was launched, lottery funding of £140, 000 has finally been given.

Monday is the red-letter day, as builders will be on site to receive the portable building on the Peterhouse Estate at the end of Church Hill Close.

This was formerly the site of the warehouse used to store the props of Woodbridge acting group, the Deben Players.

George Rose, chairman of the Kyson Community Association which set up the community centre said that it means residents on the estate finally have somewhere to go.

He said: "There are 325 houses in the area with a lot of children and single mothers.

"There is nothing to do here.

"Everything is in town which is a bus or taxi ride away and that costs money."

Residents were also able to put their money toward events by getting involved in fundraising events over the years.

Help was also at hand from Suffolk Heritage Housing who is giving the association an annual grant of £300.

The centre is to be named the Fred Reynolds Resource and Community Centre after the Woodbridge Town councillor who put so much into the scheme.

Mr Reynolds was responsible for applying for the lottery funding and did not give up after being turned down the first time because there was not enough money available.

The original application was just to refurbish the existing building but when lottery officers visited the site the warehouse had deteriorated so badly they gave extra money for a new building.

Mr Reynolds said he was extremely pleased that the centre was finally being built.

He said: "When the Kyson committee did a survey of the residents in the area they said they would support a community centre because there was nowhere else nearby.

"It was a very positive reaction and people said they would like it."

It is hoped the centre will be up and running by the end of November with one of the first events being a Santa's Grotto for the children.

Town Mayor Les Binns along with members of the Kyson Community Association will be at the site at 11pm on Monday.

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