Plans to provide Woodbridge with a new youth, art and community centre have been given a funding boost by East Suffolk Council.
Jetty Lane, the Community Interest Company (CIC) behind the project, has been granted £188,800 from the Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to cover pre-construction costs for the new community centre, with the remaining being supplied through donations and other fundraising efforts.
Cllr David Ritchie, East Suffolk Cabinet Member for Planning and Coastal Management, said:
“This is the biggest CIL grant to be awarded in east Suffolk to date and it is fantastic to see residents benefit from development in the area with such a worthwhile project, which will not only prove invaluable to young people and flourishing artists, but to the whole community.”
The new Community Centre is set to be built on the site where the previous Woodbridge Youth Centre was located – continuing the tradition of having a youth centre on this site since 1949.
In a joint statement, the Directors of Jetty Lane said:
“We are absolutely delighted to have been given such a generous grant by East Suffolk Council.
This is history in the making. The Jetty Lane site has been serving the young people of Woodbridge – and the wider community – for 70 years. Add the 125 year lease, offered by Suffolk County Council, and we are looking at a 200 year project to benefit generations of Woodbridge residents from the cradle to old age. What a legacy for our town!”
Jetty Lane CIC is in the process of raising the remaining funds needed to complete the project and work is expected to start by the end of 2020.