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PICTURES: Protesters rally against plans to build hotel at Belle Vue Park in Sudbury




A protest against the planned development of Belle Vue Park makes its way through Sudbury..Pic - Richard Marsham. (8314704)
A protest against the planned development of Belle Vue Park makes its way through Sudbury..Pic - Richard Marsham. (8314704)

A campaign against proposals to build a hotel at Belle Vue Park in Sudbury gathered steam, as more than 100 people joined a protest rally at the weekend.

A procession of residents marched around the town on Saturday morning, holding banners opposing a hotel development – an idea set out in Babergh District Council’s Vision for Prosperity blueprint for the future of Sudbury.

A protest against the planned development of Belle Vue Park makes its way through Sudbury..Pic - Richard Marsham. (8314700)
A protest against the planned development of Belle Vue Park makes its way through Sudbury..Pic - Richard Marsham. (8314700)

The rally was organised by opposition councillors Luke Cresswell and John Nunn, who argued the park is an unsuitable location for such a development, and that a hotel should be paid for by a private company, not the council.

“I think, fundamentally, it comes down to two issues – where the hotel should go and who should pay for it,” said Cllr Cresswell.

A protest against the planned development of Belle Vue Park makes its way through Sudbury..Pic - Richard Marsham. (8314703)
A protest against the planned development of Belle Vue Park makes its way through Sudbury..Pic - Richard Marsham. (8314703)

“The reason the rally was so successful was the community took ownership of the protest, and there is more to come, with a petition and the creation of a working group to continue the campaign.”

Cllr Nunn added: “It highlighted the issue to many of the public en route, particularly the potential loss of the old swimming pool site, which, if built on, will deny any future chance of road improvements at the Newton Road, Cornard Road and Kings Street junction.”

But the council has insisted that any redevelopment would be on derelict land, not affecting Belle Vue House or the vast majority of the park’s green areas, and claimed it would yield a net gain in amenities.

A protest against the planned development of Belle Vue Park makes its way through Sudbury..Pic - Richard Marsham. (8314698)
A protest against the planned development of Belle Vue Park makes its way through Sudbury..Pic - Richard Marsham. (8314698)

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