Help shape future of community centre on Bury St Edmunds estate

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Residents are being asked what activities they would like to see at a community centre as it is released from council ownership.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council is due to hand over Westbury Community Centre to the Westbury Community Association charity later in the year.

The authority has invested about £21,000 in the facility in the last six months including on a revamped kitchen and the installation of a kitchenette and disabled toilet in a new area available to hire for social occasions.

The centre, which serves the Westley estate, is home to activities such as a Slimming World group, chairobics, easy aerobics and Thera East which supports people with learning difficulties.

The Westbury Social Club, which operates from the same building, wants to add to the activities on offer and is asking residents what they would like to see.

Linda Jones, social club chairman, said: “The social club and the Westbury Community Association want this to be the centre of the community. We have put our hearts and souls into improving it.

“Now we are saying to our residents, this is your facility, what would make you and your family want to come down here more often? What activities are missing from the estate that you would like to see run at the centre?”

Brian Sutton, association chairman, added: “The community centre has undergone massive improvements over the past six months - we are planning an open day which we will announce shortly, but really this is our residents chance to tell us what they want from their centre.”

Questionnaires are being sent out to hundreds of homes and a survey can be completed at www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/westburysurvey