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Council pledge for new centre in Bury St Edmunds

Signing of memorandum of understanding for Newbury community centre ANL-140613-171442009

Signing of memorandum of understanding for Newbury community centre ANL-140613-171442009

A council has made a written pledge to show it is committed to replacing a much-used community centre in Bury St Edmunds.

Last Friday (June 13), St Edmundsbury Borough Council and the Newbury Community Association (NCA) signed an agreement, ensuring the council works towards replacing the centre on Bury’s Howard Estate, and that it hands the keys to the new building to residents.

Ivy Goodman, chair of the NCA, said the deal was a positive step as it would give clubs that use the centre reassurance of a future there.

She added: “If we leave this building, though, it’s going to be really sad because there are lots of people who have put a lot of work into it and we’ve had some really good times.”

Cllr Sara Mildmay-White, portfolio holder for health and communities, said: “There will always be a community centre, that’s the main thing.”

Paul Hopfensperger, councillor for the St Olaves ward, said a new building could be ‘revolutionary’, with ideas for it including incorporating a doctors’ surgery.

 

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