Ed Sheeran reported to be holding talks over new youth centre in Framlingham

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran - Credit: PA

The UK’s biggest-selling musical artist of 2014, Ed Sheeran, is reported to be meeting with community leaders this week to discuss plans for a new youth centre in the Suffolk town where he grew up.

The former student at Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham is thought to be finalising plans to buy the town’s old police station in Badingham Road for redevelopment.

Spadge Hopkins, of the Framlingham Area Youth Action Partnership (FAYAP) confirmed he was scheduled to meet Ed “later this week” to discuss the proposals.

“Until then, there’s not much more I can say,” he added. “Things had been progressing very slowly but in the last couple of weeks it’s moved forward considerably. I don’t know exactly what his plans are but they can be nothing but good news.”

Suffolk Constabulary sold the site to the Mills Charity for £450,000 in 2010, after the force moved into a joint base with the town’s fire service.

The Framlingham and District Development Trust (FDDT) attempted to buy it from the charity to create a £1.7m community hall for the town. However, the FDDT failed to meet the deadline in December 2013 to complete the purchase and the project stalled.

Ed’s interest in the old building is hoped to bring new life to the project, though it is likely to be different to the FDDT’s initial proposals.

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The 23-year-old singer, whose second studio album X (pronounced multiply) topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, was previously a member of FAYAP and gave some of his first live performance at its events in the town.

Mr Hopkins has said he would be pleased if FAYAP could be involved in the new youth centre, but it would also continue with its current services, such as lunch and after schools clubs and baby-sitting courses.

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