Residents want ‘eyesore’ fixed

Ugly railings left near the old Merry Go Round site on the Howard Estate. Left to right - Tom Murray (press officer for HEART), Sue Bluett (treasurer) and Ernie Broom.
Ugly railings left near the old Merry Go Round site on the Howard Estate. Left to right - Tom Murray (press officer for HEART), Sue Bluett (treasurer) and Ernie Broom.

RESIDENTS on a housing estate in Bury St Edmunds are fed up with ‘an eyesore’ in a shopping precinct that has recently received a face lift.

The shopping area off of St Olaves on the Howard Estate, known affectionately as The Precinct or The Merry-Go-Round after the area’s former pub, was officially re-opened earlier this year after having money injected into it.

But a small area remains unfinished and ‘ugly railings’ have been placed around it, creating ‘an eyesore’ for residents.

The Precinct is home to a new Havebury Housing Partnership development, the pavement has been resurfaced and a memorial garden has been created for Luke Southgate who was killed while serving with 2 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment in Afghanistan last year.

“It’s really lifted the whole of the estate up,” said Ernie Broom, chairman of the Howard Estate Association of Residents and Tenants (Heart).

But the unfinished area has been a subject of annoyance raised by residents in HEART’s last two monthly meetings.

Mr Broom said: “It’s just spoiling the finish of what is a nice arrangement. Why didn’t they do it all when they had the machinery and people there to do it”?

A spokeswoman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: “The council was only made aware of this towards the end of last week and we have moved immediately to resolve the issue.”