‘Fight over Sudbury bus station is far from over’ say campaigners

Plans for Sudbury's new bus station in Girling Street car park. ANL-160928-171750001
Plans for Sudbury's new bus station in Girling Street car park. ANL-160928-171750001

Campaigners opposing plans for Sudbury’s bus station to be moved to Girling Street car park have said the fight will go on after a full planning application is submitted.

If the application is successful then the car park will be replaced with a six bay station and new public toilets with the loss of 72 car parking spaces, with four disabled bays retained.

Alongside pollution and traffic flow, the loss of parking has been highlighted as one of the main concerns of those opposed to the proposed site, including campaign group Save Our Bus Station (SOBS).

“Suffolk County Council has again refused to acknowledge overwhelming public opposition to the relocation of the bus station to Girling Street,” said SOBS chair Teresa Bishop.

“We were therefore shocked, but not surprised, to learn that the county council has formally presented its Girling Street planning proposal.

“We urge people who are concerned about this application, and have valid concerns relating to parking, noise, traffic congestion, access, bus movements and other issues, to complete a ‘representation comments form’ on the county council website or to write or email the council.

“The fight for the bus station to stay in the vicinity of Hamilton Road is far from over, and we encourage the 6,000 people who signed our petition to respond to the formal planning application before 15 December.”

The consultation ends December 15.

To read the full application and to comment on the proposals visit: https://secure.suffolkcc.gov.uk/ePlanning/ and search ‘Sudbury’.

The public also has an opportunity to speak at the Development Control Committee itself, to be held on Wednesday, January 18, in Endeavour House, Ipswich. Speakers must apply online through the SCC website or by contacting Democratic Services on 01473 265119.