First bricks laid at much needed Mildenhall community centre

The first bricks are laid at the new �2.7m Mildenhall community centre ANL-140416-115555001
The first bricks are laid at the new �2.7m Mildenhall community centre ANL-140416-115555001
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The first bricks of a new community centre that forms part of a £2.7 million scheme in St John’s Close, Mildenhall, were laid on Wednesday.

The scheme will also include 18 affordable homes and two homes to be rented at market rates.

A former centre had stood on the site until the end of 2013. It is anticipated the new centre will open this autumn.

It will be a single-storey building with a youth room, multipurpose room, function room, kitchen, office and cloakrooms.

Forest Heath District Council’s deputy leader, Nigel Roman, said: “The new building will be a valuable community asset.

“I’m delighted that, together with the other partners, we’ve been able to secure vastly improved facilities for other residents and groups and I look forward to seeing them use and enjoy the new centre.”

Cllr Roman said he hoped the centre would be used by all age groups and be a valuable resource for the surrounding homes.

Forest Heath district councillor, Tony Wheeble, said: “It’s really needed we have been waiting for this for a long time.”

The community centre will be run by Keystone Development Trust and funded by income from the two market rent properties in the development.

Dr Neil Stott, chief executive of Keystone Development Trust, said: “We are really looking forward to getting the new centre up and running and working with local people to deliver activities next year. It is great to see progress!”

The site is being developed by Lovell.

Regional director Tony Tann said: “It’s exciting to have reached the brickwork stage on this important building. The community centre will provide a purpose-built community hub for the people of Mildenhall.