This month, the Sudbury Vision Steering Group met virtually for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced the country into lockdown. With restrictions now easing and non-essential retail businesses, pubs and restaurants starting to reopen, the steering group came together to reaffirm their ambitions of supporting the community and businesses through the current emergency and driving economic recovery in the town.
In June, it was announced that plans for the new hotel and restaurant adjacent to Belle Vue park, were back on the drawing board, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Partners agreed that this has provided an opportunity to take stock and reconsider the best options for the future of this part of town.
With this in mind, we will now seek to extend the master planning work already underway at Hamilton Road, to the Belle Vue site and in particular explore opportunities to improve the visibility of Belle Vue Park and its connectivity to the town centre.
During the meeting, partners also took the opportunity to review the impact that COVID-19 has had on key projects in Sudbury and were updated on the introduction of social distancing measures in public spaces and the distribution of financial support through the business and community grants which have been administered by Babergh District Council. The group also noted that new opportunities such as encouraging active travel are being considered for the town.
Chair of the Sudbury Vision Steering Group, Councillor Michael Holt said:
“Over the period of the Covid-19 emergency, Sudbury’s community and businesses demonstrated incredible resilience and innovation in supporting each other. As the town reopens, it is the right time for the Sudbury Vision partners to support recovery activity and importantly review the impacts and opportunities that have arisen from the current crisis.”
The next Sudbury Vision Steering Board meeting will be held virtually on Monday 28 September.