Sudbury steering group ‘not just a talking shop’

A NEWLY-formed steering group for major issues in Sudbury town centre has not been set up “for the sake of it”, according to Babergh District Council, writes Elliot Pinkham.

The group will operate as a pilot scheme and meet regularly to discuss issues and projects affecting Sudbury.

Simon Barrett, a district councillor, said: “We will be focussed on the town centre, including Hamilton Road, Market Hill and Belle Vue Park.

“There is now a definite movement in getting these things going and it is something we will be pushing.

“We wanted a good cross-section of people involved, so we can receive different options on where we are going.”

Mr Barrett will be joined by Sudbury mayor Jack Owen, district councillor Nigel Bennett, Lesley Ford-Platt, from the Town Market Partnership, Suffolk county councillor Colin Spence, Sudbury Chamber of Commerce chairman Chris Storey and Sudbury’s Bridge Project charity founder Anesta Newson.

Mr Owen explained that the group differed from Sudbury Town Council.

“It is not a group that has been set up to actually get things done, but it will engage with the groups that can do that,” he said. “We are trying to get to the issues that have been outstanding for some time and have frustrated the people of Sudbury.

“We are going to be listening to people and want the group to be transparent so that people who have an opinion can be heard.”

A district council spokeswoman looked to assure Sudbury residents of the necessity of the group.

“This is not just going to be a talking shop or yet another group set up for sake of it,” she said.

“There are lots of people and groups in Sudbury interested in what happens in terms of growth, change and development opportunities over the next year.”

The group’s first meeting will take place today at 4pm at The Bridge Project in Gainsborough Street. Further public meetings will be scheduled in due course.