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Town council urged to support town manager

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Sudbury town council has been asked to continue to financially support the town team manager or risk the town team disbanding.

That was the warning from Sudbury chamber of commerce chairman Chris Storey who sits on the Town Team committee.

Town team manager Jane Hatton gave a presentation at Tuesday evening’s town council meeting at the request of councillors.

Her position has been funded using £60,000 Section 106 money from the Sainsbury’s development.

As funding for her position runs out she listed some of the activities she has undertaken since November 2013.

Some of her most notable achievements include the Taste of Sudbury Food and Drink Festival, which is now self-funded, and the recently launched See and Do Sudbury website and app.

The town council is considering whether to continue funding Mrs Hatton’s position or to appoint a specific events coordinator at the council

However Mr Storey said he was unsure if businesses would take to this idea, adding he did not think the voluntary work within the team would continue if the role ended.

“There’s an awful lot of voluntary work behind the town team that I can’t see continuing. It will be difficult for businesses to associate with the town council.

“Frankly if the money goes the town team will cease.”

After Mrs Hatton said she would be looking for £10,000 a year to continue the role, town councillor Linda Gregory said: “Is that all? That’s not a lot. With the current climate so difficult any help will be well received.”

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