£250k needed to add to the mix

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A MULTI-million pound youth centre project in Stowmarket needs another £250,000 to complete the original plans.

The Mix, a £5 million state-of-the-art youth centre, has been hit by delays after Mid Suffolk District Council and Stowmarket Town Council turned down planning applications to knock down a Victorian building at the front of the centre.

Chairman of trustees John Shaw said: “The original frontage was deemed to be unsafe and there has been a difference of opinion from the conservationists, who want to keep the old fascade, and the sheer cost of doing so.

“One of the problems was we submitted seven different designs but the one the county council approved did not meet with approval from many local people.

“The whole thing has gone round in complete circles.

“My concern is that if that problem is not solved then if the money runs out we could be left with an operating Mix at the back and nothing at the front.

“There needs to be an agreement on a new frontage everyone can support and to push it through as quickly as possible.”

A spokeswoman for The Mix project said: “We have incurred some delays to the second planning application for the front fascade of the building.

“We have now received quotes of what that work would be which take us £250,000 over our budget.

“We know we have a lot of support for the project but we need the support of Mid Suffolk District Council and the town councl to move forward with the plans.

“The problems with the front have not stopped the rest of the building work. We hope to finish building work by the end of this year and hope to open the building by March next year.”