Jetty Lane plans ‘go down a storm’ in Woodbridge consultation

The plans for the new Jetty Lane building. Original concept by Mark Julian. Picture: SCOTT MORTIMER

The plans for the new Jetty Lane building. Original concept by Mark Julian. Picture: SCOTT MORTIMER/ CONFABRICOR. - Credit: Archant

Plans for a new youth and arts centre in Woodbridge have been met with favourable feedback after designs were put on show.

Caroline Page and Caroline Rutherford were part of the consultation group for Jetty Lane. Picture: G

Caroline Page and Caroline Rutherford were part of the consultation group for Jetty Lane. Picture: GREGG BROWN.

The Jetty Lane committee which is made up of county councillor for Woodbridge Caroline Page, Just 42’s Caroline Rutherford as well as Woodbridge Scout leader Adam Thorpe and resident Cordelia Richman spent the week holding a public consultation on their plans in Woodbridge Library.

The group were offered a 125 year lease on the land at Jetty Lane in December by Suffolk County Council and quickly started fundraising for the proposed centre.

Plans for the new building were drawn up by Woodbridge based architect Scott Mortimer from Confabricor with the original concept by Mark Julian.

With the new design on show Ms Page said that residents in the town had been very pleased with what they had seen.


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“It was incredibly positive,” said Ms Page, “it’s just gone down a storm.”

“Anyone who has lived in Woodbridge is aware there is not much for young people.”

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As part of the consultation residents were asked to write down any feedback they had for the group as well as taking part in ‘Jetty Lane selfies’ to show their support for the new structure.

The comments collected during the consultation have since been collected and turned into a

Woodbridge town councillor Patrick Gillard also made his own contribution to the project by busking for the morning down Woodbridge Thoroughfare to help raise further support.

The new site will be home to a number of local groups, many of whom have never had a permanent home in the town.

The building will also contain small studios for artists and hireable space for groups to use as well as hotdesking facilities.

The next challenge for the group will be to continue the necessary fundraising to bring the project to fruition.

As part of their fundraising efforts a quiz night will be held at Seckford Golf Club at on April 27.

The event is being jointly organised by the Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties in the town.

The night will start at 7pm with tickets costing £15 a head including a choice of hot meals.

Those wishing to attend the evening should email hawksley156@btinternet.com before April 24.

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