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Outline plans for future of Sudbury's Belle Vue Park set to go on display

A fresh look into proposed improvements to Belle Vue Park in Sudbury will be unveiled from tomorrow.

The public has been invited to give their views on outline plans to revamp the park’s entrance, install a new café, toilet facilities and seating, and relocate the children’s play area.

Details of these plans, which also include options for better access in and around Belle Vue Park, are being displayed in the park’s central green area on Friday, from 10am to 3pm, and on Saturday, between 10am and 2pm.

A concept image of the proposed new entrance for Belle Vue Park in Sudbury. Picture supplied by Babergh District Council. (44861189)
A concept image of the proposed new entrance for Belle Vue Park in Sudbury. Picture supplied by Babergh District Council. (44861189)

Physical consultation forms will be available for people to submit their feedback, and these can also be filled out online when the plans go live tomorrow here.

For anyone unable to attend the display in Belle Vue Park, the plans will then go on show in the window of Unit 12 of the Borehamgate precinct – the former Fanboo salon – until November 1.

Michael Holt, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for economic growth, said: “I hope anyone with an interest in Belle Vue Park will come to see the display, and share their feedback on the concepts and initial plans.

“Our ambition is to create an open, welcoming park entrance that is well connected to the town centre.

“Carrying out these improvements in Belle Vue Park will bring modern facilities that will benefit both regular visitors and help encourage more people to come to enjoy the park and town.”

Babergh District Council previously stated that the new park entrance and other improvements will be funded through the sale of Belle Vue House and the disused former swimming pool site.

A bid by Churchill Retirement Living to purchase this parcel of land was approved by the authority’s cabinet earlier this year.

However, the decision to sell the land to a commercial developer, rather than a community scheme, faced criticism from several local councillors and campaigners at the Belle Vue Action Group.

Last month, documents released under a freedom of information request revealed Babergh District Council had bid for government housing cash for retirement homes in November 2020.

This led opposition councillors to allege that a small group of decision makers had “already made their minds up” about the Belle Vue site before it was marketed for sale – a claim that Babergh’s administration denies.

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