BARRY PETERS: Listening is vital for council in 2014

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There are certain things which unite us: a loathing for chewing gum or dog mess on a shoe, a hatred of cold callers on the phone and people blocking our drives with their cars.

That problem is a hot topic of conversation in Bury St Edmunds around West Suffolk Hospital, where parking complaints have prompted Suffolk County Council to intervene.

A questionnaire to residents had a good response – but results fell short of total support for a two-hour parking ban in the middle of the day.

Compromise has come about (see Page 13) and time will tell if the solution of some double-yellow lines and no-parking areas outside drives will work.

The county council has responded well to this issue, listening to problems and delivering a solution.

Listening is the key – and that will be the key in Bury in 2014.

As the schools reorganisation moves forward, parents and educators will want a voice and for that voice to be heard.

It’s important the council continues its good work and takes on board every view when making important final decisions.

>Barry Peters, Editor

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