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Community centre owners appeal for help to complete their extension after builder went bust

Jonathan Barnes outside the Chalkstone Community Centre (3265496)
Jonathan Barnes outside the Chalkstone Community Centre (3265496)

The community is being called upon to help complete improvements to a Haverhill community centre after the builder carrying out the work went bankrupt.

The building firm, CMC Contractors Ltd, was wound up earlier this month, leaving the owners of the Chalkstone Community Centre, The River of Life Community Church (ROLCC), with only 90 per cent of the extension and internal upgrades completed.

Jonathan Barnes, from ROLCC, said: "The vision is to be onsite more to support the users, creating a homelier welcoming place people can drop into.

"We are really excited about finishing it all off this summer, then approaching the last stages our builder has gone into liquidation leaving it in an unfinished state. It’s even more frustrating as we are so close yet so far. "For a small local charity, it’s been tough raising funds but we are positive we can pull together and find a way through.

"However, some things like the drain diversion, rendering and the platform lift will require specialists to complete.

"If anyone feels they might be able to help in any way we’d love to hear from you and appreciate any help that you might be able to offer.

"The desire is to continue to make the centre even better for our community. "

ROLCC took over the centre from St Edmundsbury Council in May2015 and had hoped to have a grand opening last June.

Part of the interior work that needs finishingat Chalkstone Community Centre (3265549)
Part of the interior work that needs finishingat Chalkstone Community Centre (3265549)

Most urgent is the sewer diversion, said Mr Barnes, which has a licence from Anglian Water that has a September deadline, while the extension cannot be opened until the platform lift is installed.

Mr Barnes said that while extra financial support would be welcomed by the church, it is the physical work on the centre that could be completed with help from the community.

"If it brings the community together that would be a massive result for everyone and nothing brings a community together more than working together.

"We want the place to be a blessing to the community, not to be an eyesore."

For more information, email jonathan.barnes@rolcc.org.uk

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