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Sudbury Steering Group revived to help move forward town's 'Vision for Prosperity'

A dormant steering group, set up to help move projects forward in Sudbury, has been revived, with the goal of being more open and transparent than its former incarnation.

The Sudbury Steering Group held its first public meeting last week, since reforming to build upon the Vision for Prosperity, a document outlining proposals for local development.

The group largely became inactive in 2017, following increased scrutiny of its effectiveness, particularly after criticism over its handling of shelved plans to relocate the town’s bus station.

Market Hill in Sudbury. PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (14676482)
Market Hill in Sudbury. PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (14676482)

But the new members, who plan to meet monthly, aim to have more input from residents, while overseeing the work of the recently-formed Sudbury Vision Officer Delivery team.

Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for economic growth, Michael Holt, the newly-elected chairman of the group, said: “This is an important time for Sudbury and there are so many fantastic projects in the pipeline, which I know will make a positive difference.

“With a collective focus on getting things done and tackling the difficult choices head-on, we will work hard to realise Sudbury’s ambition and showcase investment in the town.”

It is understood that one of the steering group’s priorities will be to steer road congestion solutions, in light of the withdrawn proposals for a Sudbury bypass.

Former chairman Simon Barrett, who remains a member, said he looked forward to working in a positive way for the benefit of Sudbury, while fellow town councillor and member Ellen Murphy said: “Without a Vision for Prosperity, the town will fall into decline.

“The aim of the group is to carry forward that vision, with the help of stakeholders, and that includes residents. The steering group will be open and transparent.”

Other matters set out in the Vision document include the Chilton Woods development and plans to revitalise the Hamilton Road area.

Sudbury Chamber of Commerce chairman Robin Bailey, who is also part of the group, said: “Hopefully, our presence will help move things forward. There are some cracking ideas, and it would be nice if some of these come to fruition.”

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