Search to find new BMX park site for Sudbury

Hadleigh recently celebrated the opening of its new skatepark ANL-151013-165804001
Hadleigh recently celebrated the opening of its new skatepark ANL-151013-165804001

A public consultation to try and find a location for a new BMX/ skate park in Sudbury is due to start next week.

Babergh District Council is working with the Make A Difference (MAD) group, members of the public keen to form a user group and Sudbury Town Council in a bid to identify a site and bring forward a ramp park in the town to be used by BMX, scooter and skateboard enthusiasts.

The council had been contacted by various groups in the town to find out just how a new facility could be brought to life and an open meeting was held earlier this year to work out a way forward.

Local resident Jonathan Sandford is in the process of forming a user group to help shape the new facility.

A formal consultation into where people would like to see a new facility will launch next week, from March 21, and will run for six weeks.

Responses can be posted online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SudburySkatePark and will be open for responses from Monday.

People can also fill in physical questionnaires by picking them up at the following Sudbury locations: Sudbury Town Council offices, Eden’s Project and the Kingfisher Leisure Centre reception.

An engagement event is being held in Belle Vue Park on April 6, from 2pm until 4pm. People can come along, chat to Babergh officers, councillors and representatives from the user group and pass on their views.

People will be asked for their favoured location, the type of facility they would like to see, as well as who would use the facility.

All feedback received will be used to inform the next steps of the project.

Councillor Jan Osborne, Babergh District Council’s portfolio holder for communities and health and wellbeing, said: “We are all extremely committed to bringing this type of facility to the town.

“It is something that we know young people in the town want and need.

“A group of residents in Hadleigh worked tirelessly to bring a ramped park to their town, secured funding and were able to recently open a brand new facility.

“We are using their experience as a blueprint for Sudbury - we want to replicate that success for the town.

“We are now in the process of setting up a formal user group and need people to step forward and help us bring this idea to reality.”

Jonathan Sandford, chair of the user group, said: “We are really pleased to be able to work with the MAD Sudbury, Babergh and the town council on this project.

“The young people in Sudbury want to be able to help shape and influence facilities and this is great opportunity to be involved at the planning stage of this much-needed new facility for the town.”

All of the information on the project and the consultation will be available on www.babergh.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/playgrounds-and-playing-fields/sudbury-skate-park/.