Talks continue on funding for community centre on Bury St Edmunds estate

Artist's impression of the new Glastonbury Court care home
Artist's impression of the new Glastonbury Court care home
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Community leaders are seeking residents’ support for plans to secure more than £750,000 in funding for a community facility on a Bury St Edmunds estate.

A campaign to fund a purpose-built multi-use community centre for the town’s Horringer estate was launched last year.

It followed residents’ concerns over the loss of a ‘community room’ at the Glastonbury Court care home, which is being demolished to make way for a larger facility.

A working party – made up of the Horringer Court Residents’ Association, Horringer Court Community Church, Horringer Court Middle School and councillors – was due to meet with people from the community last night to gauge public opinion.

County councillor Sarah Stamp said residents’ support was vital because they would be needed to help with fund-raising.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, she said: “The county council has been really clear that no funding is available – the support is there to help us find external funding but to get that we need to form a community interest company or charitable organisation.

“The meeting is to test if we should move ahead with that, to get public endorsement.”