Survey to examine future of Belle Vue

SUDBURY, SUFFOLK. Party in the Park at Belle Vue Park, Sudbury. ANL-140720-230411009
SUDBURY, SUFFOLK. Party in the Park at Belle Vue Park, Sudbury. ANL-140720-230411009

Six weeks of consultation has started to give people in Sudbury the opportunity to have their say on plans to regenerate Belle Vue Park.

Party in the Park kicked off the consultation, which is aiming to ask all sections of the community how they would like to see the park and Belle Vue House go forward.

Belle Vue House is under-used and costly to maintain and currently houses the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Together with the adjoining old swimming pool site, it could be redeveloped under a new draft concept plan for the park and surrounding roads.

A range of options are being put forward which could include:

l Providing a joint BMX and skate park

l Enhancing links between the park and the town

l Improving this main gateway to the town centre

l Enabling the park to be used for events to improve the night-time economy.

It would also provide a long-term solution for Belle Vue House, which is currently subsidised by Babergh District Council.

One of the ways forward could be the redevelopment of the house as a hotel or restaurant. Should it be sold, then any capital would be earmarked for Sudbury.

The consultation is being headed up by the Sudbury Steering Group, which aims to bring all interested parties together to take the idea forward.

Nigel Bennett, group chairman, said: “We’ve got a fantastic park and people love it. This is about enhancing it further.”

Mr Bennett said any redevelopment of Belle Vue House would not include its formal gardens and would need to go through the proper planning process.

Further consultation involves an open session at Sudbury Town Hall on a market day, an evening session at Belle Vue House and discussions with youth groups, businesses and community groups in the town.

“We are trying to bring everyone together to try to find common ground,” added Mr Bennett.