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New document outlines vision for future of town centre

PUBLISHED: 12:55 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:55 25 September 2018

The artist impression of the Hamilton Road quarter in Sudbury Picture: CARTER JONAS

The artist impression of the Hamilton Road quarter in Sudbury Picture: CARTER JONAS

Carter Jonas

A document outlining a vision for Sudbury town centre has been published with the aim of safeguarding its future in challenging times for the High Street.

Sudbury town centre including the Thomas Gainsborough statue. Picture: GREGG BROWN Sudbury town centre including the Thomas Gainsborough statue. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Sudbury town councillors want to hear from residents about the new ‘Ambitions for Sudbury Town Centre’, which is described as a ‘living document’ that will change as ideas are ironed out.

Plans to transform the Hamilton Road quarter in Sudbury’s town centre were approved by Babergh District Council earlier this month and a announcement on Belle Vue Park is expected very soon.

Babergh also published its Vision for Prosperity blueprint in June, setting out plans for a number of projects with the hope of “cementing the town as a major force” in Suffolk’s economy.

A spokesman for Sudbury Town Council said: “Our town centre is a unique and special place which is enjoyed by both local residents and visitors from further afield.

“Its continued prosperity is important both for the social benefit of the local community and for the economic wellbeing of the town.

“In common with many other town centres however, its vibrancy is under threat. Increased shopping on the internet, combined with high business rates, have led to shop closures and a potential reduction in footfall.

“To ensure that Sudbury town centre is fit to face these challenges, the council’s ‘Ambitions’ document sets out a number of ideas aimed at preserving the vitality of the area by ensuring that it remains an attractive place to visit in the years to come.”

The document details the Hamilton Road quarter development, which includes a multi-screen cinema and the redevelopment of Borehamgate shopping centre.

Ideas for creating a ‘cafe culture’ in the town centre are also highlighted with proposals to widen the pavement on the north side of Market Hill and planting to soften the area.

The town council is urging people to look at the document carefully and give feedback to the plans, which will then be discussed by councillors and, where appropriate, incorporated into the blueprint.

Copies of the document are available on the town council’s website www.sudburytowncouncil.co.uk or can be collected from the town council advice centre at Sudbury Town Hall.

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