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Campaigner pledges to continue fight on key issues affecting Sudbury after Babergh's scrutiny committee declines to validate rejected petition




The creator of a community petition over three key issues affecting Sudbury has expressed his disappointment after Babergh District Council again declined to accept his petition this week.

A meeting of Babergh’s overview and scrutiny committee took place last week to review the authority’s petition validation process, after outcry over the rejection of a petition signed by 1,662 people.

However, the committee decided not to move towards validating the petition, which was rejected because it only included the signatories’ postcodes, not full addresses, as required by the petition criteria.

Sudbury resident Thomas Morelli collected signatures for a petition against three major Babergh District Council proposals for Sudbury. Picture by Mark Westley.
Sudbury resident Thomas Morelli collected signatures for a petition against three major Babergh District Council proposals for Sudbury. Picture by Mark Westley.

Creator Thomas Morelli, of Belle Vue Road, said: “Although I strongly disagree with the committee’s decision, I will not be taking the dispute over my petition’s validity any further.

“Instead, I will now focus on addressing the issues of free parking, Belle Vue and the customer access point directly, regardless of whether or not Babergh wants to formally accept this petition.

“To those that so kindly signed my petition, I would say – this decision is not the end of the matter. Just because Babergh has not validated this petition does not mean that it somehow cannot be classified as a petition in and of itself.

“The strength of feeling expressed is clear to all, and I will continue to fight on behalf of the petition’s signatories for Babergh not to take decisions that go against the objections within it.”