Plans for a community hub in Mildenhall have moved a step closer thanks to a £42,000 Government grant announced yesterday.
And the top level backing has been welcomed by a local council leader who said the endorsement showed the project had the potential to become a blueprint for similar scheme nationally.
Forest Heath District Council leaders Cllr James Waters, said: “When we made an application last year to the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) the minister was very interested in the ambition of our scheme.
“Yesterday’s news confirms CLG agree this shared public estate project has the potential to show the way forward nationally.”
Public and voluntary sector organisations, including health, education, leisure, emergency services and local authorities, are currently working on the business case for project which will bring public services together on fewer sites to serve the town.
Wider public consultation with residents is being planned for later this year.
Mildenhall MP Matthew Hancock said,“This is fantastic news for the local community and with extra funding now available for the creation of the Mildenhall Hub, I’m sure we’ll see a great transformation in services in the local area.
I look forward to seeing Forest Heath lead the way for local authorities.”
Warren Smyth chief executive of Anglia Community Leisure said,
“The hub concept is intended to put Mildenhall at the forefront of public service delivery, improving services and opportunities for the community as well as reducing costs for local taxpayers.”