Newton Rd to Cornard Rd footpath issues.

We recently had residents attend a Town Council meeting to get our support (which they did) on the closure of the footpath between Newton Rd and Cornard Rd.

Suffolk CC have not dealt with this well in terms of a clear explanation and communication of why the footpath is closed, how long till it will re-open, the works needed and understanding the impact on residents. They also fail to recognise that residents then have to use Ingrams Well Rd which at this time of year has parking both sides of the road due to the rear access to the Park and no pavement all the way down.

The local Conservative County Councillor supports residents seeking an explanation but are the Conservatives not the administration? Should he not know the answers or be easily able to access the information or get onto the member of the Cabinet who can!!

This raises other issues. Is it time to consider a one way system up and down Ingrams Well Rd? A safe crossing point is needed to the Park across Cornard Rd even more so now if people are going to use it as a footpath while pathh 11 is closed.


Safe crossing point needed to Belle Vue Park, Sudbury

After the initial consultation on regeneration of the the old pool site and House at Belle Vue, an issue raised has been the safe pedestrian access to the park.

Most are aware that the Belle Vue junction is not the best for pedestrians and the Sainsbury development on the Cornard Rd put aside monies for 2 crossings here. We just need Suffolk CC to finally decide what other improvements are needed at this junction.

The concept plan for Belle Vue raises the idea of a new footpath part way down Cornard Rd so allowing a safe crossing point of this road near to Belle Vue.

What some residents rightly pointed out was that many come to the park down Cornard Rd from Great Cornard and access the park from Ingrams Well Rd. Here there is a drop kerb but pedestrians then have to cross 2 lanes on a busy road at times.

I have already raised with the local County Councillor this need for a pedestrian refuge or a crossing. I have also raised this with Babergh officers as 1 issue monies from any capital receipt gained from the possible disposal of the old pool site could be used for.

Street flooding in Church Street.

Suffolk CC will be making camera inspections (within 14 days from 28th July, the Town Council was told) of the drains in Church Street after concerns were raised by residents and your local councillors about surface water flooding risk.

Please let us know of any other surface water flooding issues. You can always report them direct to the Town Hall 372331 and they will forward to Suffolk CC.

Consultation Events and on-line survey on potential regeneration of Belle Vue, Sudbury.

Consultation events on the potential regeneration of the old swimming pool and Belle Vue House site are below. The web link takes you to the detail and concept plan maps as well as a survey to complete on the plan and the Park.

  • Thursday 14th August 9 am – 4 pm, Sudbury Town Hall, The Mayor’s Parlour
  • Thursday 14th August 6pm – 8 pm Belle Vue House, providing an opportunity for invited groups and the public to see firsthand the condition of the building.  
  • Saturday 23rd August Belle Vue Park 12 noon to 3 pm.

 Further details will be available on the web page at:

I hope to see you at one of these events or if you cannot make one please view on line via the link and feedback your views.

Gainsborough Trail around Sudbury

The Gainsborough Trail walk will eventually circle the town. Here is a short film of the first part of the walk which has its own interpretation boards and marked signs. Think you will agree just how beautiful it looks.

Sudbury Steering group agendas and minutes

The Sudbury Steering Group was created by Babergh DC and brings together Suffolk CC, Babergh DC, Sudbury Town Council, the Chamber of Commerce, the Market Town Partnership and the voluntary sector. It is an attempt to have  around the table talks on matters where there has been impasse previously or disagreement. This has been mainly regeneration and transport planning issues. Its main focus is around the town centre of Sudbury.

The link below takes you to the agendas and papers. I chair the group at present.

Sudbury service for centenary of WW1.

Reverend Gregory Webb and Sudbury Royal British Legion are participating in the national ‘ Lights out’ initiative for the centenary of the start of the First World War.  In the summer of 1914 the then Foreign Secretary stated that  ‘the lamps are going out all over Europe’ as the threat of war drew closer.  Communities across the country are being asked to have just one light on or light a candle between 10 – 11pm on Monday 4th August.

On Monday 4th August everyone is invited to join members of Sudbury Royal British Legion at 9.45pm for a candlelight vigil by the Town War Memorial between 10 – 11pm when the names of the men on the memorial will be read out and Reverend Gregory Webb will hold a short  service.  The service will be in the church if inclement weather.

Babergh getting ready to build council housing again.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils have appointed a new development partner in a bid to kickstart their affordable housing programme across their districts. Havebury Housing Partnership, based in Bury St Edmunds, was successful in its bid after a formal tender and selection process.

It was already one of four existing housing associations the councils used to provide new affordable housing in Babergh and Mid Suffolk and was the most cost effective and efficient way to deliver the first phase of these new council housing developments. The contract will be for an initial four years. Both Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are committed to developing new council housing in response to recent government initiatives designed to encourage this.

The Councils recently-adopted Strategic Plan is a blueprint of how development of the two districts will be delivered from 2014-2019. This includes shaping, influencing and providing the right mix and supply of housing.

Havebury were the most innovative and ‘go-ahead’ applicant and demonstrated how much they wanted to help Babergh and Mid Suffolk create a vibrant, affordable housing development programme on council-owned land and other sites across our district.

There is a continuing high demand in both districts for affordable housing. Local people are still unable to live in the villages and areas they grew up in as they are being priced out of the market. The appointment of our new development partner means that we can start looking at all options to try and ensure the lifeblood of our communities can continue.



Babergh wants your views on Community Infrastructure Levy

Babergh Council have opened public consultations on the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in their districts.

As you may be aware, CIL is a charge, brought into being by the Planning Act 2008, which allows local authorities to levy clear and unambiguous costs on development to fund infrastructure development, circumventing the need for drawn out and sometimes confusing Section 106 negotiations and allocating a set percentage of funds raised for use by local communities via Town and Parish Councils. Peter Brett Associates LLP were contracted by Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils to produce a viability study on the implementation of CIL. This study and the recommendations arising from it are available online, along with links to take part in our consultation on their conclusions and more information on CIL, via:

Our consultation is open until 4pm on Friday the 4th of July and we would warmly welcome your contributions. You can submit your comments either via our CIL electronic form or you can download and print a prescribed CIL comment from our websites. You can find all the information you need on both methods on the webpages listed above.

This is a public consultation, open to everyone in Babergh. As such please do feel free to pass this information on to others who may wish to take part. We have contacted the most active developers and planning agents in Babergh, but welcome all comments. For more information please do contact [email protected]

Funding surgery appointments

Following the success of the Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council BIG Lottery Event on Wednesday 23 April in Sudbury we would like to offer you the opportunity of attending a structured half an hour Funding Surgery Appointment led by Jim Brown External Funding Officer from Suffolk County Council.

The Funding Surgery Appointments are available on Thursday 19 June 2014 at the Babergh District Council Offices in Hadleigh.

Funding Surgery Appointments will offer any group, charity or newly emerging project to talk through their plans and developments and scope out funding opportunities available.

The Appointments begin from 10am and the last slot is for 3.15pm.

The Appointments will be managed on a first come first served basis and these can be booked through Jo Beever on 01449 724654 or 01473 825872