Collapsed wall must be restored to meet ‘street’s character’

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Initial proposals to repair a collapsed wall have been rejected.

The six-foot garden wall at The Manse in Meadow Lane, Sudbury, partially collapsed in January.

The Rev Nigel Ford and his wife Val had just left their home to take dog Jonah for a walk when the brick wall – estimated to be more than 150 years old – came down.

On Monday, during a Sudbury Town Council planning committee meeting, plans to restore the wall with low-level bricks and fencing were discussed.

Committee chairman Jan Osborne said the proposed wall would look “awful” – and fellow councillor John Sayers agreed.

“The character of that street is all brick walls, so it should be restored properly,” he said. “It is part of old Sudbury.”

Members chose to refuse the application as it did not fit in with the street scene and they wanted the wall replaced “like for like”.