Sudbury Town Council invites community feedback on the refurbishment of Millacre

For over 50 years, Millacre, near The Croft in Sudbury has been home to a memorial boating lake. In recent years the continued deterioration of the concrete structure, ongoing cost of repairs and the boating lake's infrequent use for it's original purpose, has highlighted the vital need for Millacre's refurbishment and to re-establish the site as an attractive, open, green public space.

The proposal outlined below seeks to make the area more family friendly and encourage greater biodiversity. Community feedback is being sought on the proposed conversion of the boating pond into “serpentine grass mounds” with complimentary planting and recreation areas.

The site is an incredibly valuable public space that marks an entry point to Sudbury's ancient water meadows and riverside from the town centre, so it is vital, as a Town Council that the views of local residents are invited for the future of this space.

Site of Millacre and The Croft, Sudbury, Suffolk.

Agreed in principle by Sudbury Town Council last week, subject to public consultation and detailed costings, the plans suggest a double mound design for informal play to replace the pond, with a concrete footpath running in between them.

In addition, there are plans to enhance the picnic area with new benches, add more trees, boulders and bug-friendly plants and improve the existing foliage, while the popular wooded area will be retained.

The proposals were developed in response to the declining condition of the pond, which was created as a tribute to local residents Roger and Margaret Green, who died in an aircraft crash in Rijeka on May 23, 1971, while on holiday with sons Simon and Ian. The boating lake subsequently became the site for an annual boat race and the 'Wild in the Stour Valley' event.

However, the falling use of the pond in recent times, as well as serious leaks that would require significant funds to repair and maintain, has led it to consider alternative u