Residents raise fears over building deal

Redcastle Community Centre is being bought by the Benjamin Foundation so they can continue their work there. 'The Meet up Cafe'''Pictured: Hannah Hinson, Leanne Willats, Mike Towndrow and Natalie Alderidge
Redcastle Community Centre is being bought by the Benjamin Foundation so they can continue their work there. 'The Meet up Cafe'''Pictured: Hannah Hinson, Leanne Willats, Mike Towndrow and Natalie Alderidge
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A charity has moved to ease residents’ fears they could be left without a community meeting place after it moved closer to sealing a £60,000 deal for a council building.

Breckland Council is set to sell Redcastle Community Centre, in Thetford, to the Benjamin Foundation so it can continue running the Meet-Up Cafe on site.

The charity insists the move shows its commitment to youth projects in Thetford, but residents say it will leave them facing trips to other estates for meetings and events.

Donna Warnock, of Redcastle Action Group, said they wanted assurances that they could still use the centre.

““We are not objecting to the sale but we don’t get much use of it now and we are worried we won’t be getting any use of it at all if it’s sold.

“If they are going to pay £60,000 for the building, our estate should benefit from some of that money,” she said.

Sharon Matthews, director of operations at the Benjamin Foundation, said it was ‘business as usual’ at the building.

“As far as what we are doing there, nothing will change.

“Of course, we are using the building most of the time to run youth services, but if people want to ask us if we can hire it, they can,” she said.

Ms Matthews added that a deal for the building was yet to be completed, but the charity was ‘hopeful’ it would be concluded soon.