WORK to build a £1 million community centre and football pitch for residents of Cedars Park, in Stowmarket, has been given a start date.
Building work for the project, developed by Mid Suffolk District Council, Crest Nicholson and the Cedars Park Residents’ Association, will begin on July 1.
Tim Passmore, leader of Mid Suffolk District Council, said: “I’m very pleased to hear that the Cedars Park residents will now get the community centre they have so long strived for.
“There has been a lot of hard work by officers from the District Council, politicians and Crest Nicholson and I’m sure we are all looking forward to seeing work start on site shortly.”
MP David Ruffley said: “The residents of Cedars Park have laboured long and hard to get the community centre they need and deserve.
“I’m absolutely delighted the hard work has finally paid off.
“As their MP, I have been delighted to support them every step of the way.”
The plans for the centre are part of a wider application which includes 209 houses and flats, three commercial units within the village centre, a new access to Cedars Park Primary School and a public open space.
Roger Willison-Gray, chairman of the Cedars Park Residents Association, said: “Cedars Park Resident’s Association is delighted that the long-awaited Community Centre will finally be built.
“I sincerely hope that the lessons have been learned and that other new developments which are planned for the area properly consider the needs and expectations of those who will live in them.
“We look forward to enjoying the many benefits which this will bring to Cedars Park”
Building work on the Community Centre is set to be completed in early 2013.