Bury St Edmunds community moves step closer to ambitious plans for new centre

Cllr Sarah Stamp, Andy Conroy, David Shepheard, Philip Jude and Tony Ballard
Cllr Sarah Stamp, Andy Conroy, David Shepheard, Philip Jude and Tony Ballard
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Community leaders are a step closer to realising an ambitious project for a social hub on a Bury St Edmunds estate.

Groups seeking to build a community centre on Horringer Court - the only estate in Bury to not yet have one - made a clear commitment to the project on Monday by signing a ‘memorandum of understanding’.

A think tank of representatives from Horringer Court Community Church, Horringer Court Residents’ Association, Horringer Court Middle School and the county and borough councils will next meet in September to discuss ways of achieving an ‘extraordinary facility’ for the estate.

Stephen Jarrold, chairman of the residents’ association, said it could be the beginning of something ‘that might be very important in years to come’.

He said: “It’s very significant because we’re the only estate in the town that doesn’t have one and, in these modern times, for an estate of our size not to have a centre for normal social activities is remarkable.”

Andy Conroy, church elder and chairman of its trustees, said: “I think it’s a very important step forward and we’re delighted all the parties have committed to that, but there’s a long way to go.

“It’s one thing to say let’s do this but another to raise the money and make it happen.”

Cllr Sarah Stamp said: “We have had overwhelming support from the local community and it is testament to the commitment and dedication of the people of Horringer Court that this project is moving forward.

“What we really need now is help with fund-raising and people to come forward to support us in making sure we get the funds we need.”

Anyone interested in helping should email sarah.stamp@suffolk.gov.uk