Stowmarket: Public meeting over community centre plans

A PUBLIC meeting will take place tonight to give residents of a new estate the chance to ask questions about their lack of community facilities.

The meeting at the Cedars Park Community Primary School in Stowmarket will give residents of Cedars Park – a new development in Stowmarket with thousands of homes – the chance to speak to representatives from Mid Suffolk and Suffolk county councils as well as developers Crest Nicholson.

The meeting will be chaired by MP David Ruffley, who said his constituents “deserved” a new community centre after being promised one years ago.

Mr Ruffley said: “I was told 12 months ago by Tim Passmore, leader of Mid Suffolk District Council, that they would be announcing a start date for building work by the end of last year. That announcement has still not been made. Planning permission hasn’t even been granted.

“My Cedars Park constituents have no community facilities – and they are badly needed.

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“At the meeting I will be putting pressure on all the parties involved to get a move on. My constituents deserve these facilities and I want them built soon.”

A Mid Suffolk District Council spokeswoman said planning officials were due to attend the meeting to listen to people’s concerns and to try to address them.

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The meeting has been organised by the Cedars Park Residents’ Association, which is aiming to form a community interest company to take control of some of the existing and proposed assets on the estate.

Roger Willison-Gray, chairman of the association, said that once built the centre would become a “focal point” for the estate and could prove to be a catalyst for residents taking responsibility for managing their own environment.

The meeting takes place at the school hall tonight from 7.30pm and anyone is welcome to attend.

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