Bid to move totem pole is turned down

A request to relocate a totem pole which honours Sudbury’s silk weaving heritage has been refused.

The Freemen’s Trust had asked for the sculpture in Newton Road to be moved to Siam Gardens in Gaol Lane so it could be closer to other information linked to the town’s silk weaving history.

However, members of Sudbury Town Council’s leisure and environment committee said they believed moving the pole, made from a rooted tree which died, would be a mistake and an unnecessary cost.

“It is not a sensible idea,” said councillor Lesley Ford-Platt. “It would not be feasible and would be a great mistake.”

The committee unanimously rejected the idea.