Town’s failings must be faced

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I write in relation to the letter from Mr McCartney regarding Sudbury and the awards it has received in which he states Belle Vue Park has been declared the best public open space.

Very good, but it hasn’t changed in decades so, technically, it always was – right back to when old ‘Lump’ was the parkkeeper.

Congratulations to the organisers of the floral displays within the town, obviously the team put a great deal of work and effort into this and it has paid off this year.

As for the town being the “most active”, I would just ask, in what way and compared with what other towns?

While all these awards are a bonus to those who organise things and events in the town, they take it no nearer to getting a hospital or a full-screen cinema, they do not stop the pubs closing one by one, and they do not decrease the traffic congestion or provide facilities for the ever increasing populace of the area.

And while criticism may not always be pleasant, it is a necessity for anyone who cares about the town to speak their mind on the progress therein. Otherwise the town would only go in the direction wanted by the few.

Before anyone accuses me of not caring about the town, I would point out that I have just completed six books, three of which are at the printers now – one on Sudbury from the late 50s to early 60s, illustrated by old Sudbury boy Mick Head.

I enjoyed my childhood in Sudbury, but there is no doubt there are severe failings today, many of which could be so easily sorted, but the failings must be faced, not swept under the carpet of so-called progress.

Bob Darvell