Public get their say on use of new centre

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The brand new St John’s Community Centre in Mildenhall will be officially opened on Tuesday following a successful open day for residents.

The centre which is part of a £2.7million project creating a new build community centre and 20 homes, of which 18 are affordable rentals, is part of a collaboration between Forest Heath District Council, Orbit East housing association and the Keystone Development Trust.

On Saturday 77 people visited the building and were invited to give their views on how they want it to be used.

It offers a main function room capable of seating 50, and two smaller rooms, one of which is designated for use by young people and which has yet to be fitted out.

Among the suggestions for facilities which could be made available at the new building were arts and crafts meetings, coffee mornings, lunch clubs, fitness classes and parent and toddler use.

Leigh Driver from Keystone Development Trust, who is interim manager at the centre, said: “This is a bit of a blank canvas. We want the community to get involved in shaping it.

“I think everyone was very impressed and were pleased to be able to have their say. We want people to keep on telling us what they want and give us their feedback.”

An initial six month charges scheme will see a £10 an hour fee for the use of one of the rooms with a minimum of two hours letting and a £1 charge for use of the kitchen.

Ms Driver said there would be discussions with local people about charges in order to ensure this was affordable but also covered costs. Contact 01842 816100 for more,