December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Work has started at last on a long-awaited community centre at a Costessey housing estate.
Builders began clearing the site for the £1m centre off Poethlyn Drive at Queen’s Hills last week.
Families have waited years for the hub, but work was held up after the estate’s lead developers, Cofton, went into administration in 2009.
There were then delays in the consortium of developers handing over £675,000 towards the centre.
But a threat of legal action by bosses at South Norfolk Council prompted the developers to transfer the money in March.
Grant money will also be used, and Costessey Parish Council has paid £200,000 towards the costs.
Council chairman Vivienne Bell, who was on the site yesterday, said: “It is brilliant news. Everything is in hand.
“We hope to have an opening party this time next year.”
The construction of the single-storey building will begin in January and the parish council has put out tenders for a contractor who will be named next month. People living at Queen’s Hills will then vote on a name for the centre, which should be complete by September next year.
The new hub, which will be based on the Costessey Centre, with the same architect and team used, will have a hall, meeting rooms, a kitchen and changing rooms.
Two full-sized football pitches will also open by the centre.
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