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Colchester: Arts facility awarded £500k for creative hub

PUBLISHED: 12:45 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:45 23 January 2013

Firstsite in Colchester

Firstsite in Colchester

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THE Arts Council has awarded £499,999 to Firstsite for the development of a new creative business hub in Queen Street.

The funding will focus on helping regenerate 37 Queen Street, a Grade II listed building in Colchester, creating work and studio spaces for established creative enterprises, artists and start-ups, as well as encouraging collaborative projects.

Wayne Warner, Commercial Director at Firstsite said: “Today’s funding announcement will not only bring new employment opportunities to the area through the development of the building, but also develop the right environment for the emergence and expansion of new creative businesses.

“These businesses can then work together and develop an even bigger economic contribution to Colchester and the East of England.”

Highways bosses have announced they will be carrying out a series of improvements to the road network across Suffolk and north Essex this week.

Police have arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with an incident that caused armed officers to swoop on Ipswich town centre tonight.

Drivers in Woodbridge have faced long delays this afternoon after a major route through the town became flooded.

Kebab fans will be excited to hear a new fast food outlet that prides itself on making top quality versions of the takeaway staple is opening in Ipswich soon.

Firefighters were sent to tackle a blaze that broke out in a flat in Ipswich this afternoon.

Colchester MP Will Quince has described a knife attack in the town that left a teenager seriously hurt as “deeply alarming”.

The shocking prevalence of rape in Ipswich has been uncovered in an EADT and Star investigation.

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