Plans are getting underway to improve the appearance of a street previously labelled Bury St Edmunds’ ‘ugliest’.
Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom coordinator, is hoping to introduce self-watering planters with real trees and seasonal planting schemes on both sides of St Andrew’s Street South, between the Crack On Foundation and LP.
Experts were due to visit Bury this week to advise on what would grow best and what would look most interesting all year round.
“I would like to see some real trees and real flowers in that area and everyone feels the same but we’re talking quite a lot of money so I need some support to get it done,” said Melanie.
For the second phase of the project, Bury’s students could be called on to design art work for the street’s bare walls.
“But there is a lot of coordination to go on to get this done,” warned Melanie.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of town centre business improvement district Ourburystedmunds, said he would also like to see arches installed at Market Thoroughfare, similar to those already in place at Central Walk Way.
He said: “This has been an ongoing project to try and improve the road and Melanie and I have been asked to produce a proposal for the relevant councils to consider, and that’s what we’re working on at the moment.
“It may be done in more than one stage but the town team, about 18 months ago, agreed the principle about having archways at either end of Market Thoroughfare, similar to the ones at Central Walk, to try and connect the town with signage.
“We’re hoping to come back with proposals for archways and flower designs initially, with the possibility of doing murals and further stuff after.“
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