Housing need row rumbles on at town council
THE chairman of a residents association in Bury St Edmunds implored town councillors to object to new housing schemes at a meeting on Wednesday (9) night.
Mike Bacon, chairman of the Moreton Hall residents association, voiced concerns over the Vision 2031 document recently the subject of consultation by St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
It outlines where hundreds of new homes are to be built over the next 20 years including land at Moreton Hall.
“There are an awful lot of people in Bury that are very concerned that it will change the nature of this town,” Mr Bacon told the town council’s annual meeting. “It will change a lot of things about the town that we know and love.”
Town council chairman Cllr Bob Cockle said he understood the concerns but said housing growth will happen.
“What ever we try to do we have got to look to the forward to the future,” he said.
Cllr David Nettleton voiced similar views. “Successful towns grow and prosper, unsuccessful towns stagnate and decline and I am very much in favour of the growth of Bury which has been going on for centuries,” he said.
“I have three children all born at West Suffolk Hospital. Their opportunities to buy properties in Bury are very limited and I am not keen on Mr Bacon’s approach because he is stopping people getting on the property ladder when he has got a nice house of his own.”
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