Figures show more visitors for bank holiday

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THE NUMBER of people who visited Bury St Edmunds over the recent Spring Bank Holiday weekend was significantly more than for the same period last year.

The town centre improvement organisation Bid4Bury, which put on the Whitsun Fayre during the last Sunday and Monday in May, has obtained figures showing that more than 1,000 extra people used Bury’s car parks than on the same two days last year.

Bid4Bury chief executive Mark Cordell said: “St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s car parking figures for the weekend of the Whitsun Fayre show that around 9,000 spaces were used over the two days. For the same weekend last year it was just over 7,900.

“It’s also a significant increase on the previous bank holiday Sunday and Monday on May 1 and 2 when just over 6,300 spaces were used in total.”

He added: “It demonstrates that when Bury holds a special event people will consider it worthwhile to drive in from further afield. I feel sure that many traders, not just those who took part directly in the Whitsun Fayre, will have benefited from this increased footfall.

“Of course, the car parking figures don’t paint the complete picture of numbers of actual visitors because many vehicles will have had several people in them.”

Town traders have recently claimed that they have been adversely affected by higher parking charges introduced in April.