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Babergh councillors clash over statements about proposed review of free parking in Sudbury

By Priya Kingsley-Adam

Luke Cresswell (Sudbury town councillor). (6125727)
Luke Cresswell (Sudbury town councillor). (6125727)

An opponent of any attempt to scrap free parking in Sudbury and Hadleigh has accused the district council leader of making misleading comments.

Babergh District Council has pledged to review free parking in two of its key market towns as part of its Vision for Prosperity – a document which sets out how Sudbury and the surrounding area should develop in the future.

Labour’s town and district councillor Luke Cresswell sought to rally support for the continuation of free short-stay parking, which prompted a response by Babergh District Council leader John Ward.

In a letter sent to parish councils, Cllr Ward labelled Cllr Cresswell’s comments as “somewhat alarmist” and reiterated the council’s plans.

“One of the many important parts of our Vision for Prosperity is a review of parking arrangements in Sudbury” he said.

“We have committed to developing a parking plan which will, among other things, set out the council’s policy on reviewing car parking charges given the specific circumstances of the local economies in Sudbury and Hadleigh.”

Cllr Ward said the district council was committed to creating a “renaissance in Sudbury and its surrounding area” through future investment and growth.

Cllr Cresswell accused the district leader of misleading the public by including the parking review alongside other topics.

“The Tory leader has refused point blank to rule out introducing car parking charges and, rather disgracefully, tried to distract people by linking this to parking enforcement, which we all agree we need much more of, but that has nothing to do with the district council whatsoever,” he said.

Cllr Cresswell added that introducing parking charges would be short-sighted.


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