Sudbury councillor questions feasibility of town regeneration proposals
A town councillor has criticised future plans to revitalise Sudbury, branding them as misleading.
Last week, Sudbury Town Council released a new document, Ambitions for Sudbury Town Centre, which sets out its plans to redevelop the area and improve prosperity.
Independent town councillor Steve Hall, who represents Sudbury South, has raised concerns over plans to redevelop Market Hill and Old Market Place.
“As lovely as they appear, the pictures in this document are misleading, as many people viewing them will believe it’s what we will end up with,” said Mr Hall, who was not convinced by the scale of the plans.
“There is not enough room on Market Hill for the design to be considered, let alone for it ever to be built. Take a tape measure and work it out for yourselves.”
A proposal to relocate the twice-weekly market to the front of the town hall and Old Market Place could jeopardise its future, according to Mr Hall.
“Inevitably, I fear this scheme will only lead to a downsizing of our market, which could threaten its very existence,” he said.
“It has been a part of Sudbury for centuries – and in its current location for decades.
“All to promote a coffee-style culture where independent retailers are being squeezed out.
“All it will achieve is give people even more reason to go online or further afield for their shopping.”
Mr Hall cited safety concerns over plans to allow cars through the market on trading days.
“At least with present conditions, pedestrians can walk in relative safety along Market Hill, as the road is closed,” he said.
He is similarly sceptical about plans to remove the pelican crossing as part of efforts to improve traffic flow in King Street.
“This has been trialled in other towns where the success has been less than satisfactory,” he said.
“How are the less-able and vision-impaired members of our public likely to cope unaided?”