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Your views: January 18

Council

Reviewing our policies

As cabinet member responsible for housing, I would like to state that St Edmundsbury Borough Council housing officers work hard to support vulnerable people in our community and they assist many people who are at risk of homelessness with advice and support to try and prevent the loss of their homes.

However, as you realise, there can be many reasons for someone becoming homeless. We work with people with complex needs across multiple agencies and organisations and there is always more than one side to every individual story – which is why every case is treated individually.

We work with many partner agencies to support individuals facing tough times but we cannot stress enough that if you are facing difficulties you should get in touch with St Edmundsbury’s housing team who will be able to offer support and advice on what options are available. This advice and support is also available outside of usual office hours through our on-call service.

Obviously, we are always concerned about those people who may find themselves living on our streets, and as a consequence of the incident that occurred over Christmas we have decided to review our processes and policies, including our cold weather provision. We are also aware of the other groups who work hard to help support our most vulnerable people with housing issues and we welcome working with them, as well as with our private landlords and agencies.

Cllr Anne Gower

St Edmundsbury Borough Council, cabinet member for housing

Transport

Elderly hit by lack of buses

It does seem a shame that so many frail or elderly pensioners no longer have access to buses in Bury on Sundays, especially those living on out-lying estates, who may wish to visit friends or relatives in hospital, or simply go into town.

On the other hand, of course it makes perfect political sense to target the services of those who are a burden on the community, and hence have no bargaining power to resist cuts, which are required to reduce the deficit, unlike the highly-paid, whose votes are needed for political parties to retain or gain power so they can govern effectively.

In many ways, we are a caring society, but I often wonder what politicians really mean by phrases such as ‘doing the right thing’ or ‘we are all in it together’ etc.

Or if, in all truth, they are pure cant and hypocrisy.

Neville Lewis

St Martin’s Street

Bury St Edmunds

Environment

Litter lines our roads and paths

Having for years used my car to cross the road, I have for health reasons returned to using my legs. I have been appalled by the amount of litter of every description lining our roads and footpaths. How have these filthy habits become engrained and can anything be done? Perhaps the problem could be tackled from the first day that a child enters school. With a combination of firm rules supported by reminders, praise and gentle reprimands, attitudes to litter could be instilled and reinforced year after year if all schools adopted a common approach. This policy would take time to show results but, in the meantime, we have a large group of people who could deal with the rubbish on our streets today. I refer to the endless published lists of drunks, thieves, vandals and violent louts and the like who could make some recompense to decent society in supervised groups by cleaning up our environment.

B Perrett

Cathedral Meadows

Bury St Edmunds

Countryside

Paths are being destroyed

As a horse and dog owner, I am writing to complain about the disgusting condition of footpaths and bridlepaths.

They are destroyed by tractors and vehicles transporting shooting parties, which happens at least twice a week.

There is nowhere to walk off the road.

There is no restriction on large path-destroying vehicles, but walking on a set-aside results in abusive demands to get off the land.

The area around Great Barton and Livermere seems to be one of the worst.

Do walkers have no rights to properly maintained footpaths?

Name and address supplied

politics

Redefining
marriage

I would like to comment on the letter from Tony Nicholl Bury Free Press, January 11). As we all know political correctness, ‘equality and diversity’ are clearly the ‘in’ buzz words and well-established in our society.

Tony Nicholl said that ‘in this country there are hundreds of thousands of gay couples in a caring and loving relationship who are being denied equality and particular rights simply because of their chosen sexuality’.

Same-sex couples (one fifth of one per cent) may choose to have a civil partnership, I have no problem with that, but no one has the right to redefine marriage for the rest of us.

It is worth noting that at the time when civil partnership was being mooted, we were told that this would not lead to the call for marriage. Some knew better.

Redefining marriage was not in the party manifestos at the last General Election, therefore the political parties have no mandate for this change.

Clearly, same-sex marriage is a controversial issue to which many people have sincerely held opinions. Over 626,000 have now signed a national petition against redefining marriage.

Conor Burns, Conservative MP, is reported as saying he ‘marvels’ at why the PM is prioritising same-sex marriage when there is no ‘clamour’ for it in the gay community.

Ian Smith

Philip Road

Bury St Edmunds

 We are very fortunate to have such a rich language ( English ), and I can see no earthly reason why we should be expected to alter the definition of any word to satisfy the demands of – despite their numbers – what after all, is a minority group. Why is Mr Nicholl’s not content with a

civil partnership as defining the state of a commitment undertaken by two persons of the same sex? Most modern-thinking people accept ‘gays’ as having a different sexual orientation and are quite happy with that, but no matter how committed they may be, married they are not, for as has been reiterated time and time again, marriage is the union of a man and a woman, or husband and wife. Coffee and tea are both drinks which stimulate, and satisfy thirst, but are known separately

because they have different ingredients.

Brian Davies

St Olaves Road

Bury St Edmunds

Thank you

Your gifts were appreciated

Just a few lines to say thank you for the many lovely gifts and toys given by the readers of the Bury Free Press.
As ever, everyone’s generosity was very much appreciated and the wonderful gifts were received by the children and families we work with, for whom your kindness makes a real difference at Christmas.

Gill Adams

Practice manager

Central and South Suffolk LAC Team

Charity

Thanks for you generosity

A huge thank you to all the members of the Bury St Edmunds public who contributed to the charity collection held on market day Wednesday, December 19, on behalf of The Fishermen’s Mission. The total amount raised was £457. Thank you and well done to the very generous people of Bury St Edmunds.

As a charity we receive no Government or National Lottery money to help us in our vital work with the families of UK fishermen who have lost their lives to the sea. Public collections such as this one are crucial to us at The Fishermen’s Mission. Many people are unaware of the cost paid by the men who catch our fish, and collections such as this one allow us to continue our support of those who risk their lives to feed our nation.

Andy Malcolm

Fund-raising manager East of England

The Fishermen’s Mission

 

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