Community centre could close

By Lisa CleverdonA COMMUNITY centre plagued by crime could close if a plan for a multi-million-pound facelift are not given the go-ahead.A proposal to replace the existing St John's Centre on the College Heath estate in Mildenhall has not moved forward since Forest Heath District Council first mooted it a year ago.

By Lisa Cleverdon

A COMMUNITY centre plagued by crime could close if a plan for a multi-million-pound facelift are not given the go-ahead.

A proposal to replace the existing St John's Centre on the College Heath estate in Mildenhall has not moved forward since Forest Heath District Council first mooted it a year ago.

Members of the council's Mildenhall regeneration working group have agreed to discuss the matter at a forthcoming meeting.


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But if the scheme still does not go forward, the council could close the centre once and for all.

Members of the working group will be asked to agree a grant of £1million towards the cost of building a new centre, as well as an additional £1m to run the building.

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St John's Centre, which currently costs the council £32,000 a year to run, has been a target for vandals in recent months.

A report to go before the working party said: “There is a broad agreement on the vision and need for a new centre, but little desire to turn this into a reality. A mechanism and funding are needed to make progress.”

Nigel Roman, chairman of the working party chairman, added: “Something needs to be done to help the area.

“We need some rejuvenation up there and I would like to see more shops, including a chemists and part-time doctors' surgery.”

lisa.cleverdon@eadt.co.uk

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