Let’s show pride in our town again, say Bury St Edmunds community leaders

Graffiti spray-painted into a carport in Whiting Street, Bury. ANL-150617-102522001
Graffiti spray-painted into a carport in Whiting Street, Bury. ANL-150617-102522001
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Community leaders have spoken out following a recent spate of criminal damage in Bury St Edmunds, emphasising the need to stamp it out.

At the Bury Free Press we are renewing the message of our Let’s Be Proud of Bury campaign, encouraging those in the town to take pride in it.

It comes after a number of incidents of graffiti, including paint being sprayed on a house in Eagle Walk between June 7 and 8 and on three homes in Whiting Street between June 8 and 11.

Garage doors in Beetons Way, Boby Road, and a garage wall in Northumberland Avenue were also targeted between June 5 and 9.

The most recent reported incident was in Severn Road between June 14 and 15, when a silver Kia had black paint thrown over it.

Sarah Stamp, Suffolk county councillor cabinet member for communities, said she was ‘100 per cent behind the campaign’.

“I think it’s fantastic. Things do seem to have slipped with the vandalism, damage to the play areas and litter within the town,” she said.

“The campaign was really successful last time, and it is a great way of reminding each of us that we have a social responsibility to the town we live in.”

Robert Everitt, former Mayor of St Edmundsbury and now borough council cabinet member for communities, said: “We’re obviously keen to portray Bury in a good light, as it is a lovely town.

“We want people who come here to feel safe and comfortable. We are all paying the price for some people’s ignorance.”

Julia Wakelam, borough councillor for Northgate ward, said: “I think if would be good to get the campaign going again.
“You have to ask why these people do it. We have a lovely town and there is no reason for people to go around spoiling it for everybody else.

“I’m convinced if you make an effort to make a place look nice, people are more likely to keep it that way.”

David Nettleton, fellow Northgate ward councillor, said “This is just a nuisance which breaks out at times. Graffiti is only one of many defacements we are having to battle.

“The campaign is very good, and may have some beneficial effect.”

Mark Cordell, chief executive of Ourburystedmunds, said: “Within the town centre the BFP’s campaign was very successful last year and practically eradicated the problem, so I personally welcome this relaunch.”

Melanie Lesser, coordinator of Bury in Bloom, said: “It is a brilliant idea, we still do suffer with graffiti and it would be lovely if people were more aware.

“I don’t know what we can do to stop it, but it is about having some pride in your people.”