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Meeting to improve Sudbury estates

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Cllr Jan Osborne ENGANL00120110615085530

An engagement event being held next week is aiming to help residents in Sudbury improve the area in which they live.

Residents in Minden Road and Cavendish Way, Sudbury, are being urged to turn out and talk to representatives from Babergh District Council about issues that affect them.

Once feedback is received, the council will then look at all of the information and look at how it can help to support residents to achieve their aims.

Ideas suggested so far include a residents’ communal garden area, central collection points for bins and brightening up a garage area.

Work to try and resolve anti-social behaviour issues in the area is ongoing but residents are still being affected by fly-tipping and noisy behaviour, amongst others.

Councillor Jan Osborne, Babergh District Council’s portfolio holder for communities, said she would be at the event. She hoped it will help her to better understand some of the issues being faced.

She added: “Everyone has the right to expect to be able to live in the manner in which they would like to but it just isn’t fair if other people’s repeated anti-social behaviour is affecting their neighbours and other residents.

“We know there have been problems faced by all who live in Minden Road and Cavendish Way but I would like to understand those issues better and I hope that as many residents and tenants as possible will attend and speak to us.”

Babergh is also hoping to use the event to encourage tenants and residents to become a Voluntary Estate Inspectors.

The role would mean residents donate a small amount of time each month to provide the council with details of issues that the residents would like to see tackled, such as fly-tipping, repairs or areas that appear untidy.

Mrs Osborne said: “Becoming an Estate Inspector could provide the area, and its residents, with a vital link straight to the council and we do encourage as many people as possible to volunteer.

“Once a report is received, officers investigate and take practical steps to resolve the matter as effectively as possible.

“In return, our inspectors gain training and new skills, and satisfaction in the fact that issues that may have gone unnoticed are being readily resolved resulting in improving the area for everyone.”

The event is being held on October 13, in the Common Room at Elizabeth Court, from 4pm-7pm.

If you are a resident or tenant and would like more information on the event, please contact Ian Watson, Community Housing Officer, on 07876034673.

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