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Sudbury - Arrogant Tories Lack Ambition

July 3, 2020 2:58 PM
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A couple of weeks ago we featured an article from Liberal Democrat councillor David Busby exploring options for the development of Sudbury town centre see . Here he updates the latest position


You would imagine that there are enough signals to pause and rethink the plans for Sudbury. The hotel and restaurant company have pulled out of Belle Vue (thank goodness), no cinema chain is interested in Hamilton Road, town centres are dying because of their over reliance on retail and we face an uncertain future thanks to CoVid19.


So, when a world leading firm of architects, with connections in Sudbury, offers to put their collective minds to coming up with some ideas you would have thought that councillors and officers would jump at the opportunity. I know we have already hired a local firm and have a financial commitment there but to reject a very generous offer from people who designed the Eden Project, Paddington Station and revamped the centre of Cheltenham seems to me to be very short-sighted.


Leader John Ward and the cabinet member for the economy (both Tories) plus officers are hell bent on just doing something / anything because of the delays in the past. We have a once in a lifetime chance to turn Sudbury into a jewel in the Suffolk crown.


Pressure from misguided residents, through letters in the press, doesn't help. One of the latest is demanding more car parking spaces - on Hamilton Road. Surely the last thing Sudbury needs is more traffic - approximately 40% of existing journeys are less than a couple of kilometres. It may be time to introduce short-term car parking charges and put the funds generated to improving buses and cycling infrastructure.


I will keep fighting for quality, innovation and ambition.


Dave Busby Cabinet Member for Assets and Investments