Long-awaited Sudbury skatepark could open by end of year

The launch of the previous consultation over the relocation of Sudbury BMX park in 2016
Picture: PH

The launch of the previous consultation over the relocation of Sudbury BMX park in 2016 Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

The long-awaited Sudbury skatepark could be open before the end of the year as the views of residents are being sought for its design.

The skate park in Belle Vue Park in Sudbury.

The skate park in Belle Vue Park in Sudbury. - Credit: Archant

Plans for the new park, in Belle Vue Park, are currently being developed and the Babergh District Council is keen for people’s thoughts on how it should look and be used.

Options for use include skateboarding, rollerblading, scooters, BMX or a mixture of these.

An online survey has been launched to seek opinion on the layout of the skatepark, including whether it should be plaza-style, have ramps or bowls, or flow between the two.

There is also the opportunity for people taking part in the survey to recommend other skateparks they have enjoyed using, so that aspects can be incorporated into the design.

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The survey follows a number of meetings with skatepark users in the town and discussions with the town council and local residents about what they are looking for in the new facilities.

Jan Osborne, Babergh councillor, who has been involved in the project since its inception, said: “The skate park group and the council have put in a lot of effort to bring this project this far, and Jonathan Sandford, who has worked tirelessly to build links between the community and Babergh, has been inspirational.

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“The new skate park could be open before the end of the year, but first we need to make sure any design will meet the needs of the community.

“That’s why I’d urge everyone to take the time to fill in the survey and let us know what they want for this new skate park.”

Residents have until Sunday, May 13, to submit their responses, after which Babergh officers will work on incorporating their feedback into any tender issued.

The council said it hopes to see the new skatepark open for use before the end of 2018.

Margaret Maybury, Babergh District Council’s portfolio holder for communities, said: “Skaters have been able to enjoy the facilities in Belle Vue Park for years, but the current skate park has become old, outdated and in desperate need of an upgrade.

“We at Babergh are delighted to support this, but before work begins we need to know what people want for a new skate park. Anyone can take part in this survey and I can’t wait to see what designs come out of it.”

The survey can be completed online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/5SJBKXB

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