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Praise for £1 million town centre building project

An unofficial opening of the Old School building on the Market Square in Brandon.

An unofficial opening of the Old School building on the Market Square in Brandon.

A £1 million project to create a one stop shop for community amenities in Brandon is making good process, according to developers.

The Old School Building in Market Square will house police, library, council and pre-school facilities when it is completed in May.

There will also be an increase in parking spaces from 52 to 71 and improvements to toilet facilities.

Local stakeholders were shown around the building on Tuesday by Suffolk County Council staff, who are leading the project.

David Osborne, project manager, said the council’s aim was to create a community hub for Brandon.

“We hope by having everything under one roof it will open up new opportunities for residents to be able to access services,” he said.

Plastering, painting, re-roofing and other refurbishments have taken place, with Mr Osborne admitting the building was in a ‘poor state’ before work began.

Bill Bishop, Suffolk County Councillor for Brandon, said he was ‘in wonderment’ after being shown round the building.

“I am so thrilled with what’s been done. To keep the most prominent building in the town in fantastic repair and to have it filled with such a great number of activities to suit everyone is terrific,” he said.

The building will be run by Keystone Development Trust.

 

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