Community association in Bury St Edmunds fears for its future

Committee members Shemin Jones, Cate Caruth, Jen Larner, Margaret Bowers and Sylvana Marley ANL-151029-093544001
Committee members Shemin Jones, Cate Caruth, Jen Larner, Margaret Bowers and Sylvana Marley ANL-151029-093544001
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A local residents association that has served the community for many years could be forced to fold due to lack of support.

The Saxongate Community Association in Bury St Edmunds has provided a voice for the Sextons Meadows estate and successfully fought on a range of issues for 13 years. But the association’s committee recently expressed fears for its future, due to waning interest from the community.

Shemin Jones, treasurer for the association, said: “We have seven on the committee, so we can keep going for now and probably for the next year.

“But people don’t seem as enthusiastic about joining. At present we only have 19 members, and that includes the committee, so it’s not many.”

She said that this could be because many people rent, rather than own their properties on the estate.

The association’s committee needs at least seven members to function. Mrs Jones said: “My fear is that if anyone resigns next year there might not be anybody willing to take on the responsibility of replacing them.”

The group’s successes include halting the development of ‘intrusive’ balconies on apartments in Maynewater Lane, and persuading Suffolk County Council to erect a bus shelter near to the estate.

She added: “We raise issues that concern the whole of the estate - if we didn’t, these things just would not happen.”