Repairs to BMX park given the go-ahead

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Councillors have agreed that work to repair Sudbury’s BMX park should take place, with hopes the revamp will be completed in time for the summer.

Members of Sudbury Town Council’s finance committee met on Tuesday to discuss repairs to the equipment in Belle Vue Park.

The area has been closed for several weeks after an inspection found the park was “not fit for purpose”.

Deputy town council clerk Jacqui Howells told the committee that many of the jumps, which have wooden veneer surfaces, were badly damaged through years of use.

“It has got to the stage were it needs a big revamp,” she said.

There is a possibility that the park will need to be relocated in the near future, with a number of developments being looked into for the land.

Councillors said that if any scheme went ahead, section 106 money – funds donated by a developer to offset the impact of large housing projects – could be used to move the BMX park, but that this should not prevent work being carried out to fix it in the meantime.

“We do not know how long it could be before there is a chance to move the park, but I am reluctant for young people to be without it,” said Jan Osborne.

Mrs Osborne said the repairs, which it is thought will cost more than £5,000, should be undertaken and the council should obtain quotes for the work.

This was unanimously supported by committee members.

“We cannot afford for it to be closed for too long,” said Nigel Bennett, chairman of the committee.

“Ideally, we want the work to be done before the summer holidays.”

The park, which is owned by Babergh District Council, was opened nine years ago and cost £26,000 to build.