Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

As 2018 draws to a close I send you my wishes for a Happy Christmas and New Year.

I know 2018 has been a difficult year for many of us, and there seems no hope for a speedy resolution to the uncertainty around Brexit.

The news for Sudbury is mixed but hopeful. We are about to lose Delphi. Suffolk County Council has said it will not proceed with a bypass and short term parking charges were being considered.

However the latest news is that a company has expressed an interest in taking over the Delphi site. Even better, the company hopes to retain the workforce. The Chamber have been lobbying against short term parking charges and we have been told that charges will not be happening in the foreseeable future. We are now working with other bodies on the bypass issue and other matters of infrastructure. We have had two excellent meetings with Mary Evans, chair of Suffolk Highways; and Arthur Charvonia, head of Babergh Mid Suffolk. They both want to work with us.

We have been plagued with roadworks, the Chamber has done what it could to minimise the impact. The Chamber has a good Executive committee, Andy Howes and Roisin Ryan-Self have taken over as Treasurer and Communications Officer and are doing great jobs. We have moved to on-line bookings for the lunch meetings.

Sudbury is holding its own in these difficult times. I hope we can move forward in 2019.

John McMillan

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