Solar panels are latest improvement to Bury St Edmunds community centre
A revamped community centre in Bury St Edmunds can add energy efficient to its growing list of credentials as solar panels are installed.
The Westbury Community Centre, in Oliver Road, has received an extensive facelift with St Edmundsbury Borough Council investing about £21,000 in the facility.
The authority is preparing to hand over ownership of the building, on the Westley Estate, to the Westbury Community Association charity later in the year.
Ahead of the new era, improvement works have included a revamp of the kitchen as well as new flooring and a water heater. A committee room has been transformed with a new kitchenette and toilet.
Questionnaires have also been sent out to residents asking them what activities they would like to see at the centre.
Brian Sutton, association chairman, said: “The solar panels will reduce some of our electricity costs while the council is looking to see if there are other ways that it can help us improve on our energy efficiency, which is great news. The building has seen huge improvements. It really is a great venue for people living on the estate to book for their weddings, engagement parties, christenings, birthday parties and more. We want this to be the centre of the community.”
Cllr Clive Springett, a ward member for the estate, said the centre is already home to activities including a Slimming World group, chairobics, easy aerobics and Old Tyme dancing.
Cllr Robert Everitt, cabinet member for families and communities, added that he is looking forward to hearing some of the ideas that come back from the questionnaire.