Campaign to clean up Sudbury

Members of Sudbury Society and Mayor Sue Ayres presenting an award plaque to mark the excellent work done done Bullocks Lane

Pictured: Sarah Titford (Society Member), Lorna Hoey (Chairperson if Society), Mayor Sue Ayres and Valerie Herbert (Society Member)
Members of Sudbury Society and Mayor Sue Ayres presenting an award plaque to mark the excellent work done done Bullocks Lane Pictured: Sarah Titford (Society Member), Lorna Hoey (Chairperson if Society), Mayor Sue Ayres and Valerie Herbert (Society Member)

A campaign under the banner LoveSudbury is set to launch to help counter the negative effect on the town’s streets from council cutbacks.

Launching on Saturday at St Peter’s on Market Hill, the campaign is being managed through a dedicated website (www.lovesudbury.com), which has been set up by the society.

It will highlight problem areas and report on clear-up success stories, with the society planning to reward ‘loved’ streets with a LoveSudbury plaque.

Society chairman Lorna Hoey said: “We want to tackle the obvious grubbiness by encouraging residents to take responsibility for their own patch and caring for the space around them.

“We get constant complaints of litter, blocked drains, bushes overhanging pavements, muddy unkempt patches of ground and so on.

“These are often followed by the question ‘why doesn’t the council – or the Sudbury Society – do something about it?’

“The truth is that the councils simply don’t enough resources.”

She added: “But with this society initiative, and a little effort from each of us, so many of these complaints could be addressed.’

On Saturday, the society has a stand at Sudbury on Show, a showcase for the town’s voluntary organisations.

Society members will be handing out leaflets and badges to promote the campaign, which is to target areas where there is rubbish, litter, weeds, leaf fall and untended patches of waste ground.

The society is urging people to get involved.

Mrs Hoey said: “We are not alone in tackling this problem of cutbacks in street services; others are already doing admirable work tending former weed patches and clearing litter and rubbish.”

This week, Sudbury mayor Sue Ayes, joined by society members Mrs Hoey and Mrs Herbert, presented Sarah Titford with a plaque to mark the excellent work she has done in Bullocks Lane.