Belle Vue Park entrance on the agenda
Plans to realise the full potential of a new entrance for Belle Vue Park, including a new café and fully accessible toilets for visitors with disabilities, are to be considered by Babergh District Council’s cabinet next month.
Councillors will consider the £1.12m scheme – to be funded through the proceeds of the sale of Belle Vue House and part of the old swimming pool site – during a cabinet meeting on Monday, July 5.
The sale of Belle Vue House and adjacent land to Churchill Retirement Living was agreed in May 2021 and prior to the sale, Babergh District Council agreed that the new entrance to Belle Vue Park would be funded out of the £1.12m and any remaining money would be used to carry out general improvements to the park.
By investing in a new high quality and secure park entrance, the aim is to better connect the park with the town centre while the entrance itself will be open and accessible for all.
The introduction of fully accessible Changing Places toilets for visitors with disabilities and new café increases the range of facilities on offer for park visitors and the local community.
Plans for the new park entrance will be open for review as part of the public planning application process, expected to take place in the autumn.
Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for economic growth, Cllr Michael Holt said:
“The desire to create a new park entrance for Belle Vue Park, increasing visibility and accessibility from the town centre, was one of the main comments from our ‘What Next for Sudbury’ event in January 2020 and I am glad we are now in a position to start realising this ambition.
“The park is a valuable asset for the people of Sudbury and improvements to the entrance and the park as a whole,will create a welcoming, open space.”
The proposed entrance and new facilities are part of a wider vision of enhancements to Belle Vue Park over coming months, adding to previous investments in new equipment and landscaping around the children’s play park and the installation of a new multi-use games area and skate park.