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Babergh District Council seeking large cash boost for major regeneration project in Sudbury

Market Hill in Sudbury. PICTURE: Mecha Morton (8084397)
Market Hill in Sudbury. PICTURE: Mecha Morton (8084397)

An application for a substantial grant to help fund a major regeneration project in Sudbury has been submitted by Babergh District Council.

The authority has applied for financial support from the government’s Future High Streets Fund to aid its efforts in transforming the area into a vibrant town.

The national scheme provides funding to local authorities as part of projects to improve sustainability and development in town centres and high streets.

Should the council’s application prove successful, a business case outlining its intended projects and investment – such as those set out in its Vision for Prosperity document – will be put forward.

With the additional funding, the authority hopes to boost the town’s credentials as a prominent tourist destination in the district.

The council has received the backing from a number of groups in favour of further support from the scheme.

Simon Barrett, the cabinet member for economy, highlighted the benefits of the initiative, along with the advantages the financial support would bring.

He said: “The possibility of this additional funding resource is a great boost to our hopes of achieving our vision for Sudbury.

“High Streets across the country face many challenges and need support to regenerate.

“There are communities across the UK competing for this funding with many town centres in need of regeneration, but we believe, along with our partners and local groups, that we have a very strong case with some fantastic project proposals to present.”

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