Sundon Park

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Sundon Park
Sundon Park is located in Bedfordshire
Sundon Park
Sundon Park
 Sundon Park shown within Bedfordshire
Population 7,585 (est.).[1]
OS grid reference TL055255
Unitary authority Luton
Ceremonial county Bedfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LUTON
Postcode district LU3
Dialling code 01582
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Luton South
List of places
UK
England
Bedfordshire

Coordinates: 51°55′N 0°28′W / 51.92°N 0.47°W / 51.92; -0.47

Sundon Park is an area of north Luton in Bedfordshire. The name is taken from the nearby villages of Upper Sundon and Lower Sundon, and the estate was originally built as a self-contained community serving the SKF ball bearing factory.

Local Area[edit]

The "official" entrance to Sundon Park is through the "Sundon Arch", the railway bridge which connects Sundon Park Road to Toddington Road. The estate is in two distinct parts, divided by Hill Rise. The older part to the south (known colloquially as "the Avenues") consists of a number of long, straight avenues which are numbered ("Fourth Avenue", etc.). Fourth Avenue was the first to be built in the 1920s, followed by the other Avenues in the 1930s. North of Hill Rise, are the newer houses, built mainly in the 50s and 60s. Most of the roads here are named after hills and mountains e.g. Grampian Way, Pennine Avenue. These were all built as owner-occupier properties.

Sundon Park Shopping Parade, Sundon Park, Luton

Shopping is provided around the junction of Hill Rise and Sundon Park Road, with a precinct featuring convenience stores, takeaways and a petrol station. Sundon Park Library is also located here, as well as a community centre. There is also a smaller parade of shops on Ashwell Avenue. The SKF factory has been largely turned into industrial units, with other large industrial facilities concentrated in the strip between Sundon Park Road and the railway line.

The line between the Marsh Farm and Sundon Park estates is clearly marked by a long footpath running from Spinney Road to the town boundary; south of this the Spinney Woods mark the division. Because of the negative connotations associated with Marsh Farm, estate agents in the area often market properties just over this line as "Sundon View".

Education[edit]

There are three schools in the district. Cheynes Infant School, on Cranbrook Drive, caters for 4-7 year olds; Sundon Park Junior School (SPJS), on Kinross Crescent, is for 7-11 year olds; and Lealands High School on Sundon Park Road is for 11-16 year olds. Next to Lealands is the City Learning Centre for Luton, elearning@luton.

Politics[edit]

Sundon Park ward is represented by Cllr Doris Hinkley (Liberal Democrats),and Cllr Anna Pedersen (Liberal Democrats).

The ward forms part of the parliamentary constituency of Luton North, and the MP is Kelvin Hopkins (Labour). Sundon Park is within the East of England (European Parliament constituency).

Map of Luton showing Sundon Park

Local Attractions[edit]

Key
AP Icon.svg Abbey/Priory/Cathedral
Accessible open space Accessible open space
Themepark uk icon.png Amusement/Theme Park
CL icon.svg Castle
Country Park Country Park
EH icon.svg English Heritage
Forestry commission logo.svg Forestry Commission
Heritage railway Heritage railway
Historic house Historic House
Museum (free)
Museum
Museum (free/not free)
National Trust National Trust
Drama-icon.svg Theatre
Zoo icon.jpg Zoo

Local Newspapers[edit]

Two or three weekly newspapers are delivered free to all the houses in Sundon Park. However they are not specific to Sundon Park. They are:

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1].