Tourist centre’s future secured

THE long-term future of Sudbury’s award-winning tourist information centre has been secured after months of negotiations.

Babergh District Council will be handing over the running of the Sudbury Tourist Information Centre to Sudbury Town Council on April 1, ending fears the much-used facility would close.

The move means staff at the centre will continue their roles, while receiving additional support from the deputy town clerk Jacqui Howells.

Babergh decided to relinquish the running of the centre as part of its plans to make significant savings, but has agreed to pay an annual fee of £15,000 towards management costs during the next two years.

Sue Brotherwood, town clerk, said: “This is obviously fantastic news for Sudbury because it provides so many fantastic services for residents and visitors alike.

“At one stage, we really thought there was a danger it was going to close, but its future is now secure – it will not be closing and it will be staying exactly where it is in Gaol Lane.”

The centre was praised by VisitBritain and East of England Tourism recently with staff described as having knowledge and information which was “invaluable to visitors”.

Karina Coghlin, tourism and arts manager at Babergh District Council, said: “The centre has always been a well-used and highly-valued resource, so this is a good outcome.”