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Sudbury: Council pledges to spend £120k on car park repairs and sets aside £50k for play equipment

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 December 2012

Council agrees to set aside cash for car park repairs in Sudbury

Council agrees to set aside cash for car park repairs in Sudbury

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COUNCILLORS have approved repair work totalling £120,000 for a town centre car park.

Members of Babergh District Council’s Strategy Committee has made the money available to upgrade Sudbury’s North Street car park.

The news comes at a time when the future management of the town’s car parks remains uncertain with Sudbury Town Council hoping to put forward a proposal that will allow it to take over their management from Babergh.

And, according to district councillor Nigel Bennett, a decision on whether the repair work should be carried out had been deferred from February while the discussions were ongoing.

“But it was decided the work must be carried out soon because the condition of the car park was deteriorating and repair work would have become increasingly expensive the longer we left it,” he added.

The resurfacing work is expected to start in January 2013 and take nine weeks to complete. It will be carried out in three phases to minimise disruption to local businesses and car park users. The committee also pledged £50,000 to improve a play area near First Avenue in the Springlands area of Sudbury.

A scheme has been developed through consultation with residents to enhance the existing facilities and add new equipment, such as an overhead runway, a multi-climber, new swings and a maze.

Mr Bennett said: “This is good news for the young families who live in the area. The funding will go towards adding play equipment to an area that has become outdated.”

Proposals to build a new multi-million pound rail depot at Brantham on the Suffolk/Essex border have been jeopardised because it would force too many trains to use the level crossing at Manningtree station, it has emerged.

Lorry drivers have reported being shot at while driving along an A14 diversion route in east Suffolk.

Drivers are advised that it is “highly likely” the Orwell Bridge in Suffolk will shut tomorrow morning amid forecasts of 65mph gusts.

A man who was ordered to do unpaid work as part of a suspended prison sentence order for selling cannabis at Latitude music festival was back in court today after breaching the order.

A mental health charity is to take on a historic church in Colchester and the community hub that runs there.

The mother of missing airman Corrie McKeague has said she has not given up the hope of finding her son and her determination in locating him is “as strong as ever.”

Members of a drugs gang which dealt more than £250,000 worth of crack and heroin in Ipswich by exploiting vulnerable addicts have been jailed for a total of 25 years.

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