Consultation on community centre plans for the Howard estate

Signing of memorandum of understanding for Newbury community centre earlier this year
Signing of memorandum of understanding for Newbury community centre earlier this year
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Have your say

Residents will be able to have a say on what they would like to see in a new community centre on the Howard estate in Bury St Edmunds.

A consultation event on October 10 will give people the chance to say what would be important for them at the facility, which could be built by 2019.

It follows a deal between the Newbury Community Association and St Edmundsbury Borough Council to replace the exisiting centre, in St Olaves Road, which was built 45 years ago.

The new centre would be transferred into community ownership.

Ivy Goodman, chairman of the association, said: “In short, we want your ideas and opinions. It may be they use the centre for parties and wedding receptions, they may want to see more children’s clubs, new activities introduced or existing ones expanded. We also want to hear from people who would like to get involved in running the centre.”

Cllr Sara Mildmay-White, portfolio holder for health and communities, added that the consultation ensured the ‘community takes charge of its own destiny’.

It starts at 7pm at the Newbury Community Centre and is due to finish at about 8.30pm.