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Fresh Vision for Prosperity for Needham Market, Hadleigh and Eye to be drawn up by Mid Suffolk and Babergh councils

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A fresh vision for three Suffolk towns is to be drawn up as councils aim to develop their culture, business and economy.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils developed the Vision for Prosperity model to improve two key towns – Sudbury and Stowmarket – in 2018.

It offered proposals to help boost the economy, upgrade tourism and leisure, and assist retail offerings.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich. (15542279)
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich. (15542279)

Work is now starting on delivering those plans, with the second phase of creating new ‘visions’ starting this summer for Hadleigh, Needham Market and Eye.

Gerard Brewster, Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet member for economic growth, said the work from Stowmarket had 'evolved into Needham Market and Eye because they are market towns and, like Stowmarket, need the vision to take themselves forward'.

“I hope that what is being done in Stowmarket will help our next two towns as well," he said.

Some of the developments in Stowmarket planned or in development are information panels through the town, Cedars Hotel upgrades, improvement to the Museum of East Anglian Life, an extension to the Regal Theatre and development of a technology hub.

At Babergh, work on Hadleigh’s vision follows on from efforts already carried out in Sudbury.

Cllr Michael Holt, economic growth cabinet member at Babergh, said: “Sudbury has had one done and it is the logical next step to extend that vision to Hadleigh.

“I am optimistic this council can get some delivery on the visionary work for Sudbury.

“Hadleigh is very encouraging with the amount of enthusiasm there has been.

“We can do things to engage with the community and the support of young people is very important.”

Among Sudbury’s plans are a revamp of the Hamilton Road quarter, improving the town centre and the Kingfisher Leisure Centre refurbishment.

A series of workshops were held in June and in Hadleigh further conversations with the community are to take place in October with the Hadleigh On Show event, as well as separate conversations with youngsters at the secondary school in the autumn.

A timeline for work has not yet been disclosed.

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