Backing for Sudbury youth centre

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PROPOSALS to set up a youth centre in Sudbury received the backing of teenagers during an organised event in the town.

A football cage was brought into Market Hill and DJ sets ran throughout the evening last Friday, as Sudbury and Great Cornard Safer Neighbourhood Team linked up with Babergh District Council to provide entertainment for youngsters.

During the event those in attendance were asked to fill in questionnaires on what type of activities they would like to see in the town, as plans for a youth centre at Belle Vue House continue to circulate.

John Sayers, a Sudbury Town councillor, who is already involved in The Hub – a weekly club which meets at Great Cornard Sports Centre and attracts over 200 11 to 17 year olds – said the event demonstrated a youth centre in the town centre would be well-used.

“It was extremely well attended and there was a big turnout of youngsters which made for a busy evening,” said Mr Sayers.

“These teenagers need somewhere to go to enjoy themselves otherwise they just hang about on the street.”

He added that a second facility in the area would offer alternatives to The Hub, which currently offers activities such as football and basketball.

“What is important is that we give the youngsters something they want to do,” said Mr Sayers.

“We had a good response to the questionnaires and, although I haven’t read them all, they are very encouraging.”

A spokeswoman for Babergh District Council, which owns Belle Vue House, said the new youth centre project was in its early stages.