Golden glimpse to the past as hub offers ambitious future

An archaeological dig on the site of what will become the Mildenhall Hub is drawing to a close with an opportunity for residents to see what has been unearthed.

Suffolk Archaeology has been carrying out work on the site ahead of construction. The hub is scheduled to open in 2020.

Residents can come along to see and discuss some of the archaeological findings in tours of the dig site being held between 5pm to 7pm on September 18.

Those attending the evening being held at Mildenhall College Academy in Sheldrick Way, are advised that the tour will be entirely outdoors.

Dr Rhodri Gardner, managing director of Suffolk Archaeology said: “While the hub is very much about the future of Mildenhall and meeting the future needs of the residents that live in and around the town, this has been a fascinating dig with golden glimpses into Mildenhall’s past. While we don’t want to give too much away ahead of the community evening, we’re really looking forward to sharing our discoveries with local residents.”

Students from Mildenhall College Academy helped start the dig at the end of June.

The £40 million hub project in Sheldrick Way will deliver a new school, new leisure facilities including a bigger and better swimming pool and gym, as well as a health centre, public library, pre-school and adult learning space. It will also include the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, JobCentre, facilities for the police and room for 150 desks for Suffolk County Council and the new West Suffolk council (which will replace Forest Heath District Council next May).

Around £22 million is being invested by the district council – that money includes the cost of the new leisure facilities.

Leader of the council James Waters said: “We, and our partners, are delivering better facilities for the people of Mildenhall and the surrounding area. Even if we spent millions repairing them, the existing facilities we have are not fit for purpose – times have changed. Instead we are investing in something that is unique, ambitious and exciting – and that in years to come we will look back and feel proud of.

“This is about us and our partners delivering integrated, accessible services that are better suited to the needs of our local residents and are more resilient to the financial challenges that we anticipate we may all face together in the future.

“We are the pioneers and I believe that the Mildenhall Hub will become the model for how many other towns and cities provide schools, leisure and public services in the future.”

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