Education area idea for reserve

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A Sudbury councillor’s idea for an area of flood reserve to be taken on for wildlife education has been quashed due to planning regulations.

Town councillor Oliver Forder had expressed an interest in placing information boards and welcoming school groups to the site next to Quay Lane and joining the back of Catesby Meadow, which belongs to Knights Developments and is a designated flood reserve and open space area.

Mr Forder said: “It could be turned into a really nice education area with information boards, on the basis that it wouldn’t affect its use as a flood reserve.”

Mr Forder said he would like the town council to take on the area and would rather see it allowed to grow naturally than have the plant life cut short.

“We would need a group of volunteers to look after it,” he said. “Sometimes natural areas can take more work to maintain.

“There are already things growing there and it is quite an atypical environment. I would expect you could get quite a lot of birds there too.”

Sudbury Town Council staff will be asking Babergh District Council officers what the options are for the area and whether it can be maintained for education and leisure purposes.

A spokeswoman for the district council said the area’s functions as a public open space and flood compensation were protected by a legal agreement.

“Knights Developments has not maintained it as an open space and it had become overgrown,” she said.

“It has agreed to bring it up to standard. It may be that we can look at ways of managing it for biodiversity in future.”