These headlines appeared in the Bury Free Press on this week in years gone by.
10 years ago:
A sensory garden for the visually impaired opened in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, on the site of the former Doreen Holmes Blind Garden. The calm retreat, named the Harold Bonnett Sensory Garden after a partially sighted man from Brockley who left a large bequest to St Edmundsbury Borough Council, consisted of scented plants, trickling fountains, tactile leaves and strong colours. Its wide paths, ramps and hand rails also made it suitable for disabled visitors .
25 years ago:
Radical changes had been made to Mid Suffolk District Council’s planning department, as staff tried to cope with a phenomenal increase in applications. The previous year, the council dealt with more than 1,800 applications – an increase of almost 200 on 1986 – and the projection for 1988 was that it would have dealt with about 2,500. The council had split its planning areas into three separate sections to try to spread its workload and cut back on its counter service to try to clear the backlog.
50 years ago:
As a way of attracting new industry to Bury, the town council planned to build two unit factories on the Eastern industrial estate and invite firms to move in. One would cover 2,500sqft and cost £5-6,000 and the other 5,000sqft, costing £10-11,000.