Have your say on Mildenhall Hub development

The proposed local government hub at Sheldrick Way, Mildenhall, with the limit of the building area shown as a pink dashed line ANL-160120-163138001
The proposed local government hub at Sheldrick Way, Mildenhall, with the limit of the building area shown as a pink dashed line ANL-160120-163138001

A consultation has been launched giving residents the chance to shape the way public services are delivered at Mildenhall Hub.

The hub project looks to bring schools and leisure facilities together with council, health, police, fire and library services. The current site of Mildenhall Academy Sixth Form College in Sheldrick Way has already been earmarked for the development, which has Government backing.

Now residents can view the project brief, before it is used for a planning application later this year, and submit comments on what they think.

James Waters, leader of Forest Heath District Council, said there were numerous benefits to incorporating a range of services onto a single site.

“Imagine how much simpler life would be if you could go for a medical check up, borrow a book from the library, go for a quick swim in a new leisure centre, and drop your child or grandchild off at school - all at one central location in the town,” he said.

The development will also include a citizens’ advice bureau and Job Centre services, while the facilities at the leisure centre, including a new swimming pool, will be shared with the existing sixth form and a new school.

“Many of the buildings providing these services will need millions of pounds of investment over the next few years just to keep them going,” said Mr Waters.

“By investing in the hub now, we can save on our annual running costs and free up eight other sites in and around Mildenhall for other uses.”

The development brief is available for viewing at www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/mildenhallhub or at the Forest Heath District Council offices in College Heath Road.

A drop-in session allowing residents to air their views will also be held between 3.30pm and 8pm, on April 4, at The Fenland Room of Mildenhall Parish Council in Recreation Way.

Comments on the draft development brief should be submitted to Mildenhall.hub@westsuffolk.gov.uk before April 25.