The medieval village of Lavenham is making a bid to become a Unesco world heritage site.
The aim is to preserve the village’s historic wool trade character while protecting it from the pressures of high tourist traffic and heavy lorries travelling along its narrow streets.
The project was launched by the Lavenham Forum and has been backed by MEP Vicky Ford and Conservative Parliamentary candidate for South Suffolk James Cartlidge.
Roy Whitworth, forum acting chairman, said: “It’s important for everyone to recognise this is a very long term project. We are quite a popular tourist destination and people have got to recognise this creates a few difficulties such as traffic and parking. To preserve this we need a lot of investment and this is where this status will help”
Lavenham firstly needs to get on to the UK Tentative List by 2020. Mrs Ford said: “I am pleased to support the bid to get world heritage status as we all need to do what is necessary to boost tourism and jobs in our area.”