Sudbury bus station move sees 2,000 sign petition

Sudbury Bus Station
Sudbury
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160908-180429009
Sudbury Bus Station Sudbury Picture Mark Westley ANL-160908-180429009

Around 2,000 people have signed a petition against the proposed move of Sudbury’s bus station away from Hamilton Road.

Campaigners against the move, who have set up the group Save Our Bus Station said 65 per cent of the people they had spoken to did not know about the move.

Sudbury Steering Group’s preferred option is to see the station moved to Girling Street car park.

The Steering Group has insisted the station must be relocated to allow for the redevelopment of the area, saying it is not viable for the station to remain where it is and for redevelopment to take place.

Last week Babergh District Council purchased the Borehamgate Precinct. It has also separately secured the former Cakebread Robey builders yard on Francis Road.

These purchases are in addition to Babergh’s longer standing ownership of Navigation House on Eastern Road, taking the council’s investment in the area to around £5million.

Simon Barrett, Babergh portfolio holder for growth and the local economy said the precinct purchase was initially seen an investment opportunity, potentially providing the council with a seven or eight per cent return, but he said long term it could join part of the redevelopment.

He said business owners in the precinct had been told about the change in ownership and assured there would be no short term changes.

Mr Barrett said he was disappointed by the petition against the station closure.

“People say we haven’t listened to them but we have,” he said. “Originally it would have been a split site but we revisited that.

“We looked at sites in the Kingfisher car park and Girling Street and this was the one that is most deliverable. The downside is the loss of parking.

“We have to balance it on both sides. We have to look at the whole picture.”

The need for redevelopment and the interest from developers has been questioned by some opponents.

But Mr Barrett said the town had a 92,000 catchment area, adding research suggested there was a demand.