Locals have their say on £1.7m fund

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THE fate of a £1.7million windfall was put to the public at a meeting last week.

Mildenhall Parish Council’s Annual Parish Meeting at the Jubilee Centre last Thursday saw a 65-strong audience put forward their plans for money allocated following the recent Sainsbury’s development.

In an open forum at the end of the meeting, parish residents and groups proposed ideas ranging from improvements to school play areas to purchasing allotments on Sheldrick Way.

Cllr Brian Sulman led the discussion and said the council would like the money to benefit as many projects as possible – but could only be spent on capital projects.

“It’s important that we use this money for the maximum number of people.

“What we need are sensible suggestions for the use of this development fund,” he said.

Representations at the meeting came from groups across the parish, including Beck Row.

Wendy Garrard, headteacher of St Mary’s Primary School, said the impending reorganisation of Suffolk schools would leave their facilities stretched. With St Mary’s due to link-up with Great Heath Middle School in the reshuffle, Mrs Garrard supported a proposal from their Parent Teacher Organisation to purchase new large play equipment.

Denise Gray, Mildenhall Library manager, requested funds for the Friends of Mildenhall Library group to allow Bookstart activities for children to continue. She also said the money could be used to support activities for elderly people.

Others who requested funds included Mildenhall Town Football Club chairman, Martin Tuck, who presented a petition with 175 signatures supporting their proposal.

Cllr Sulman said the council’s working group would take their time over any large-scale decisions, but smaller considerations could be made more quickly.