• M.S. Cousins

Campaigners Protest the Development of Hotel/Restaurant in Belle Vue Park

April 6 was a cold foggy morning in Sudbury town centre. I stood with a friend and my two children and watched as more than 100 members of the community gathered together. Everyone was friendly and smiling, even though our purpose for being present was a sad one. Everyone was gathered together to march through the town to Belle Vue Park. It was a demonstration against the Babergh District Council proposal to build a budget hotel, restaurant and car park in Belle Vue Park.

My children are two and four years old, but were devastated to hear about the proposal. They have been going to Belle Vue two to four times a week their entire lives. There are not many outdoor green spaces where children can play within walking distance of Sudbury. I was devastated to hear about the proposal as it appears the council will be funding the development; it has been suggested near to £7 million. The idea of public money going into private pockets does not sit well with many residents in Sudbury.

Since the march last week, my children have played at the park three times. All three times the park has been filled with children playing in the sandpit and on the assault course. Teenagers have been lounging on the grass and skating in the new park. The park is constantly enjoyed by people of all ages.

If you are opposed to this proposal please sign a petition which has been created by the local community https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-belle-vue-park.

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