Saxmundham: Future plans for social centre discussed

Councillor Beccy Hopfensperger with Don Tricker on a visit to the Fromus Centre in Saxmundham to rev

Councillor Beccy Hopfensperger with Don Tricker on a visit to the Fromus Centre in Saxmundham to review progress and discuss future plans. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Suffolk’s localities leader has visited a Saxmundham social centre to discuss future plans for the building.

Councillor Beccy Hopfensperger from Suffolk County Council visited the Fromus Centre to also review progress.

The building was formerly the Saxmundham Community Resource Unit, and was taken over by volunteer directors at Saxmundham and District Community Interest Company (SADCIC) two years ago.

Ms Hopfensperger looks over the council’s “Our Place” programme, which supports local community groups in determining and managing local services for themselves.

Ms Hopfensperger said: “I’m truly impressed with what has taken place with this building, through the concerted efforts of just a handful of dedicated local volunteers.

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“This is a shining example of what can be achieved with the new “Our Place” approach by Suffolk County Council.

“As a result, Suffolk County Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with SADCIC - as a declaration of intent that we will work closely with them to help realise our joint aspirations for even more exciting developments on this site.”

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Don Tricker, SADCIC Chairman said: “SADCIC are now looking to work with Suffolk County Council to develop the whole site, which would include the design and building of a new purpose built Fromus Centre.

“SADCIC would need to raise the necessary funding for this venture but we appreciate Suffolk County Council’s gesture in signing the MOU to support us with this ambitious vision.”

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