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‘Why are they not listening to us?’

Sudbury bus station
Sudbury bus station

Plans to have a “split-hub” bus station in Sudbury to replace the current site have been criticised by a resident in Girling Street, where one of the hubs would be built.

The split-hub, with stops in Girling Street and Great Eastern Road, is the preferred option for the Sudbury Steering Group.

Steve Hall, of Girling Street, has listed a number of reasons why he feels the road is unsuitable. He is unhappy that there will not be a public consultation on the seven options from which the steering group members made their decision.

In reaction to comments made in defence of the lack of consultation by Sudbury town and Babergh district councillor Jan Osborne, Mr Hall has suggested Mrs Osborne should resign.

“Really, she should drop her comments and think again, or drop her position,” he said.

Mr Hall is adamant there should be a consultation and feels his, and many other residents’, views have not been aired by the steering group.

“They [Suffolk County Council] have decided to go with a non-decision making group and decided to move forward with it,” he said. “They are going to put through just this one option and I just feel it is totally undemocratic.”

Mr Hall raised a number of issues with the split-hub plans and questioned whether buses would be able to get on and off Girling Street with the amount of traffic using the road.

He is particularly worried about an increase in pollution and is concerned about any removal of trees and shrubbery.

There are also concerns about new shelters being used as ‘late-night hangouts’ by drinkers on Friday and Saturday nights.

Mrs Osborne said she would not be resigning, adding it was impossible to represent every voter’s views. She did welcome the chance to speak to residents face to face and encouraged people to go and visit the public exhibition.

“This is a very high-profile issue and there is a real mix of views on a solution,” she said.

“This option is currently a concept and will require detailed planning and design. The exhibition will enable concerns to be raised and considered before any decisions are made.”

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