Suffolk

Views sought over Sudbury park's future

Belle Vue Park, Sudbury Image copyright Google
Image caption The park was created out of the grounds of Belle Vue House, with the first house on the site dating back to the 1780s

Local residents are being asked their views on the future of an historic house and park in Sudbury in Suffolk.

The proposals could see a new BMX track or skate park built at Belle Vue Park.

The park was created from the grounds of Belle Vue House, with the first house on the site dating back to the 1780s.

The present 19th Century house, used as a Red Cross hospital during World War One, needed significant investment, Babergh District Council said.

Councillor Nigel Bennett, chairman of the Belle Vue Park steering group, said: "We are fully aware of how important the Belle Vue area is to the town, as well as the local community and the wider Sudbury area.

"That is why the views of local people and businesses are really important to us."

'Long-term' ideas

The council said it was looking at how to:

• Retain formal gardens and improve the park for public use

• Open up the park and enhance links and accessibility with the town centre

• Improve the pedestrian link to and from the town centre

• Provide a long-term solution in respect of Belle Vue House, without the need for subsidy from Babergh District Council.

The council said it would hold a number of consultations and proposals could be seen on the council website.

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