10 years ago
The first 10 tonnes of plastic, paper, cardboard and metal cans collected in St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s blue bins were gathered for recycling. The first batch of dry recyclable material was collected from homes in Culford and the Fornhams, near Bury St Edmunds. Blue bins were to be introduced across St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath districts up until March 2004. The introduction of the scheme followed nearly £3.2 million of Government funding given to the councils over the previous two years to develop recycling and waste reduction ideas. Villages north of Bury and the Mildenhall Road and Howard estates in the town were the first to receive the blue bins.
25 years ago
A public inquiry into the Inner Relief Road through Stowmarket was told traffic levels in the town could soon become ‘intolerable’ if the road did not go ahead. The scheme faced opposition from the Suffolk Preservation Society, English Heritage and building contractor Haymills, who, if the proposed route was adopted, was to lose some of its Station Road premises.
50 years ago
A new nurses home at the West Suffolk Hospital and new geriatric wards at St Mary’s Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, were officially opened. The new home cost around £105,000 while the new wards cost about £62,000.