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Sudbury Town Council approves motion to enter negotiations with Babergh District Council to regain control of Belle Vue Park


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


Luke Cresswell at Belle Vue Park in Sudbury. PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (12230488)
Luke Cresswell at Belle Vue Park in Sudbury. PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (12230488)

Proposals to return control of Belle Vue Park to Sudbury Town Council have passed their first hurdle.

On Tuesday, a motion was approved calling for Sudbury Town Council to enter talks with Babergh District Council in order to transfer management of the green space.

Prior to a recorded vote at the meeting, in which three components of various statements were eventually agreed, requests were made that some of the wording was amended by Labour councillor Luke Cresswell, who proposed the motion.

Conservative councillor Simon Barrett raised concerns over the second statement, arguing that a couple of the terms could limit the authority’s choice of options, should the motion be approved.

“I have sympathy with the motion, but I think it’s too restricted,” he said.

The motion addressed development proposals for Belle Vue House along with the former swimming pool site – outlined in Babergh’s Vision for Prosperity blueprint – stating that the site should instead be dedicated to community use.

With the future of the house still hanging in the balance, Sudbury North councillor Jenny Antill highlighted that a decision should be made promptly.

“As a town council, we cannot continue to fund something which is not going to be a viable proposition, so we need to look at this because we are responsible for how the town’s money is spent,” she said.

A series of talks to consolidate and discuss the matter are to be held by the town council in the coming weeks, with the next meeting taking place on Tuesday.



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