I have read, with interest, the concerns of shopkeepers in the town.
Sudbury is not a town for visitors and it does not take care of disabled people, be they visitors or residents. Even before the ridiculous and unnecessary work putting in extra crossings, I felt discriminated against on market days because the only parking spaces for disabled on Market Hill, or close to it, where the three disabled spaces outside the shops on Gainsborough Street which are rarely monitored and used without compunction by drivers who have no blue badge.
For many people the few disabled parking spaces in the car parks are too far from the shops for the pedestrian disabled to walk. The double yellowed lined area at the back of St Peter’s Church that have been a life line has now been removed. Lack of monitoring also means the disabled parking bays in North Street are frequently used by non blue badge holders.
This means that many disabled people have been disenfranchised and can only use the out of town supermarkets to shop.
This could explain the fall in foot fall in the town. The road works and diversions have exacerbated the problem....visitors don’t want to stop. Life in the town centre is miserable and the town could look worse when shops close due economic problems, not helped by the customers shopping elsewhere because of the problems.
Clarence Road, Sudbury