Estate in Bury St Edmunds has been ‘Overlooked, unloved and forgotten’ by council says group of mums

Cllr Sarah Stamp, centre,  and residents of the Horringer Court estate, who want better play equipment for the children and more investment in the area.
Cllr Sarah Stamp, centre, and residents of the Horringer Court estate, who want better play equipment for the children and more investment in the area.
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A group of mums and a councillor are calling for improvements on an estate saying it has been ‘overlooked, unloved and forgotten’.

Suffolk County Cllr Sarah Stamp who was only elected to the Hardwick Divsion in May, is pushing for the authority to invest £36,000 in a new play area on the Horringer Court Estate in Bury St Edmunds.

Horringer Court estate youngsters on the play equipment their parents and Cllr Sarah Stamp says is outdated and needs replacing

Horringer Court estate youngsters on the play equipment their parents and Cllr Sarah Stamp says is outdated and needs replacing

“Something that came up during the elections was that there really is not enough facilities in general on the estate,” she said.

“I feel that the county council has overlooked it in favour of other areas and I am really keen to improve the facilities they have got there.

“There are a lot of children on the estate but they have nowhere to go. All they have is one tiny playground near the shops.

“The equipment is really out of date. It needs replacing. I think it last had a lick of paint four years ago.”

Mums Vicky Williams and Allie Hughes said they can remember when the play equipment was installed more than 20 years ago.

“It is just unloved,” said Vicky. “Nothing has been done to it apart from health and safety repairs, a lick of paint, a new bench and a bin.

“It needs new equipment.”

Another mum Emma Baldwin, said: “We haven’t got a community centre or anything like that. We have been forgotten.”

Town councillor Paul Simner who has lived on the estate since the 1970s, said a new play area is ‘long overdue’.

But it looks like residents have a battle on their hands.

Cllr Stamp, who is also a St Edmundsbury Borough Councillor, said there was a stalemate as the county council want to hand over responsibility for the play equipment to the borough council – but the borough wants the equipment to be replaced first.

“I have already been told that there is no money from the county council but the facility is in dire need,” Cllr Stamp said.

“People on this estate pay their Council Tax just like the rest of Suffolk.”

She added that she will put some of her locality budget to the play area project, while she also hopes to involved the nearby schools in choosing the new equipment and fund-raising towards it.