‘Deprived area’ given makeover

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A town councillor led a third day cleaning up what she described as one of the “most deprived” parts of Sudbury, in a bid to try to resolve residents’ issues.

Sudbury town councillor Jan Osborne led a third day of action in the Springlands area of Sudbury, involving the police, Babergh District Council, the town’s community wardens and Sudbury Streetwatch.

The day involved a litter pick along Second Avenue and Essex Avenue, while town council duo Mrs Osborne and her husband Adrian were on hand to listen to residents and hear what they had to say.

The event was well attended, with more than 20 people waiting to speak to the councillors, although Victoria Bayliss, from Second Avenue, complained that the event was during the working day and therefore most people could not attend to raise their concerns, in her case, with speeding motorists.

Mrs Osborne explained the clean-up event was the third in the area, and added that the focus group meeting in August, which was deliberately held in the evening, was poorly attended.

She said the issue of “boy racers” in the streets had been raised and would be passed on to police.

The major issue highlighted during the day was the large trees in Essex Avenue, which are causing havoc as the roots are pulling up and cracking pavements, creating trip hazards, particularly as the street lights are now switched off at night.

Andrew Graham, a tree officer from Babergh District Council, was present and Mrs Osborne said she felt he now understood just how bad the situation was.

“He realises that it is no good just talking to residents,” she said. “They won’t be happy until they see it dealt with.”

Mrs Osborne said the Springlands area had been the focus because it was “one of the most deprived areas in the town” but hoped the scheme could now be rolled out to other areas in need, with town council support.