The keys to the newly completed community centre on Cedars Park in Stowmarket have finally been handed over.
Dusty Miller, chairman of the Cedars Park Community Interest Company (CIC) which is charged with running the centre, was handed the keys on Friday – the culmination of years of hard work.
This weekend, the estate is celebrating the occasion with an open weekend at the new centre with a family barbecue and music from Stowmarket band Nobody’s Perfect.
Dusty said he was excited at the potential of the new community hub.
He said: “The builders were only two weeks late due to the unpleasant cold weather.
“After working for two years planning all the activities and entertainment it is an absolute relief to get hold of the keys.
“We can’t wait to get our teeth into it.”
Cedars Park Residents Association spent the best part of four years campaigning and working towards building the hub.
Association president Fred Hillyer said: “It is a long story, it goes back a few years when it was going to be a junior football pitch.
“But we managed to get the plans changed to what it is today – it has taken about four years.
“We wanted to make sure it is run as a community centre, not a sports centre.
“It is for the people of Cedars Park.”
On June 14, the residents’ association is holding its annual general meeting at the centre.
Current chairman Roger Willison-Gray, who has been pivotal in pushing forward the community centre project, is standing down from the position due to work commitments so another leader will be appointed.
Fred said Roger had worked extremely hard to get the project completed.
He said: “Unfortunately Roger will take some replacing.
“I cannot express how well he has handled the job.”
The community centre will be officially opened by MP David Ruffley on June 8.