Group celebrates a year of progress

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IT HAS been a good year for residents living on the Cedars Park estate in Stowmarket.

After years spent fighting for community facilities, Cedars Park residents were overjoyed when developer Crest Nicholson revealed plans for new village amenities and community centre, and submitted proposals to planning officials in February.

Now a community interest company has been established to operate the £1 million community centre once it is up and running.

Elections for the new company were held at the Cedars Park Residents’ Association annual general meeting held on Saturday at Cedars Park Primary School.

MP David Ruffley attended to show his continued support for the work of the dedicated residents’ association.

Mr Ruffley said: “Every time I come to this area, this great neighbourhood, I’m so impressed by it. This must be the highest quality community development for a 100 mile radius.”

Plans for the new community area were on display at the meeting.

Roger Willison-Gray, chairman of the residents’ association, said: “We are all looking forward to the opening of the new state-of-the-art community centre which will be a big boost to our community.”

At the meeting, Fred Hillyer, founder of the residents’ association, was appointed as honorary life president.

Mr Ruffley said: “Fred Hillyer thoroughly deserves this honour for the thousands of hours of his time which he freely gives to support this community.”

Although the meeting was wholly positive, local police officers did announce an increase in the number of crimes on the estate – rising by 20 from 91 to 111, including seizure of alcohol and drugs from youngsters. The safer neighbourhood team also said that they have received complaints about speeding.