Positive report into Bury St Edmunds town centre says business organisation Ourburystedmunds

Mark Cordell CEO of Ourburystedmunds
Mark Cordell CEO of Ourburystedmunds

A survey into what people think of Bury St Edmunds has given the town’s cafés, restaurants and retail offer the thumbs up.

A benchmarking study commissioned by Ourburystedmunds shows the town is rated higher than other large towns nationally.

The figures were presented to the annual meeting of Ourburystedmunds, the business improvement district organisation, on Tuesday night.

They show that 98per cent of people asked would recommend a visit to the town - 30 per cent higher than other towns, car parks are busier on both market days and non market days - 23 per cent unused spaces on a market day and 32 per cent on non market days.

Some 46 per cent of town centre users spend more than £20 when they come into town - six per cent above the national average - and the Free from Three parking on Tuesdays has seen a slight increase with 41 per cent of users saying they take advantage of it.

Commenting on negative aspects 54 per cent of those asked highlighted parking, the link between the arc and town centre and more investment for Cornhill Walk. Some 249 people answered the survey, 78 per cent saying they visited the town once a week or more.