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Work starts on new centre

PUBLISHED: 11:17 27 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

DIGGERS are finally on site to clear part of a Woodbridge housing estate and make way for a new community centre.

Residents on the Peterhouse Estate in Kyson ward can now look forward to having somewhere to meet and hold events instead of having to travel into the town.

DIGGERS are finally on site to clear part of a Woodbridge housing estate and make way for a new community centre.

Residents on the Peterhouse Estate in Kyson ward can now look forward to having somewhere to meet and hold events instead of having to travel into the town.

The community centre will be a portable building on what used to be a rundown site at the end of Churchill Close.

Rubbish has been cleared away and the premises once used by the Deben Players is now being demolished to make way for the new building.

Members of the Kyson Community Association and mayor Les Binns were among the crowd gathered at the site to watch builders begin their work.

The building of the centre to be known as the Fred Reynolds Resource and Community Centre after one of the councillors who was heavily involved in the work, is a culmination of five years work.

A lottery grant of more than £140,000 was awarded to make the centre possible to give the people on the 325 house estate somewhere to go.

Children in the area are particularly looking forward to the play area that is being built.

Mother of two June Schofield is a trustee of the KCA.

She said: "It is fantastic – it is really good after all the effort to get it off the ground.

"I think it will bring everyone together – there are a lot of people on the estate that we do not know."

George Rose, chairman of the KCA said that he was looking forward to the centre finally being finished.

He said: "I did not think that we would ever see the day that this happened but we were determined.

"There has been a lot of hard work by all the committee members."

Councillor Fred Reynolds who the centre is named after was also proud to see the centre going ahead.

He said: "It seems to have taken a long time and I am very pleased for the people here.

"It was a complete surprise to me when they said they were going to put my name on it – I had no idea."

The committee are now hoping that the community will get together and use the centre for any events.

So far, a mother and toddler group, bingo sessions and whist drives have already been planned.

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