Explicit graffiti, bikes hung from the roof and doors smashed in - latest spate of vandalism at Belle Vue, Sudbury
The latest spate of vandalism at Belle Vue in Sudbury has included lewd graffiti, smashed doors and a bike being hung from the roof.
Vandals made their presence known on Wednesday evening as they left large amounts of explicit graffiti on the former hub building next to Belle Vue House, broke down the door to the boiler room and climbed onto the porch of the house to hang a bicycle by its tires.
Sudbury’s community wardens were first on the scene, soon joined by staff from owner’s of the house Babergh District Council.
Sudbury town council clerk Jacqui Howells said: “It’s unfortunate that people feel that they have to vandalise the area.
“We are fortunate that we have community wardens that can tackle the problem immediately and hopefully prevent the problem getting worse but it is taking them away from their other duties.
“Our graffiti machine was donated by a member of the public so we are also very lucky to have this machine.”
In June last year the toilets in Belle Vue Park were closed after vandals left sinks and doors smashed.
The damage was revealed as a supervisor for the company charged with looking after the park finally had enough and resigned, citing the problems he said he had encountered with ‘youths’ in the park.
This sparked a reaction from those who said the vast majority of young users were well behaved, however, the latest damage will once again bring up the topic and raise questions over the use of Belle Vue House which currently stands derelict and in a poor state of repair.
Babergh has agreed that the building and adjacent former-swimming pool site can be knocked down.
In February last year plans were leaked showing designs for a hotel and restaurant to be built by hotel chain Premier Inn.
However, at the Sudbury Town Council meeting in November Simon Barrett surprised councillors by saying that ahead of an impending review the building may be saved.
He said: “We have interest in developing the site. We are trying to keep Belle Vue House in its current state without it being knocked down, which is the great fear.”
When asked about the future of the building a Babergh spokeswoman said: “We are considering a range of options for the future of Belle Vue House and as soon as we are in a position to make these public, we will share these with all those interested.”
Babergh District Council has also faced criticism over the state of the flower beds in the park.
Previously described as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Sudbury’s floral displays, the colourful flower beds have been replaced with more ‘cost-effective’ perennials which have been criticised by residents and by members of Sudbury in Bloom.