Bury St Edmunds residents back community centre plans

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Residents have shown support for plans to get a community facility built on their estate - the only one in Bury St Edmunds to not yet have one.

At the Horringer Court Residents’ Association’s annual meeting last week, a proposal to create a charitable incorporated body to seek funding streams for a desired multi-use community centre received unanimous support.

It would be run by trustees, two each from the estate’s middle school, residents’ association and church, for which a memorandum of understanding is now being drafted.

Acting chairman Philip Jude said Horringer Court Middle School would welcome a community facility on its site, which is leased from Suffolk County Council, and the Horringer Court Community Church would be willing to help pay for the build.

Speaking after, Tony Ballard, part of the church’s leadership team and vice-chairman of the school’s governors, said the centre would benefit the school - which is considering two sites within its grounds - because it was in need of a bigger drama/dance studio and a better gymnasium.

He also said the church would be ‘willing and able’ to put tens of thousands of pounds towards ‘a dedicated, ring-fenced building fund’ to help create the combined community facility.