A selection of your letters.
VILLAGE DOES NOT NEED THIS SHOP
I have lived in Ixworth for 17 years and consider it one of the best-served small villages in Suffolk. We have two stores, including a butchers, two
hairdressers, two pubs, a beautician’s, an upholsterers, a pharmacy, a doctors’ surgery, a post office that offers numerous other services such as dry-cleaning, a library, a clothes shop, and numerous local home-based businesses. We need a Co-op like we need a hole in the head.
I am perplexed by comments (Bury Free Press, June 14) by the spokesman for Anglia Co-Operative, who said: “Our application is recognising the need for a small convenience-type store in Ixworth. Planners believe it will contribute to the vitality of the community by providing a store that will be accessible to Ixworth
Who exactly expressed this need? No-one I’ve spoken to. We already have a vital, thriving community.
The second comment that bewilders me is that a ‘spokesman for the applicant said an assessment showed the proposal would not impact on existing trade’.’
Where exactly have they obtained information for this ‘assessment’? If you want the opinions of a village, then surely you ask the villagers, and certainly no-one here has received anything asking for the opinions on what would be good for us! The last thing anyone here needs is more traffic on our severely cramped High Street.
-- L Edwards, Ixworth
COMMUNICATION IS THE PROBLEM
Since 2005 I have had a long-term illness that has caused me to be admitted to West Suffolk Hospital (WSH) on at least ten occasions. In my experience the shortest period of time I’ve waited for take home medication has been around three hours but it is typically five or six hours. On the last occasion, rather than wait for medicine I telephoned my GP to arrange to collect it from my local surgery rather than take up a bed that someone else would need. I have, on one occasion, been told I could leave at around 2pm but as the medication wasn’t ready I was kept in for a further night. The issues pointed out in your recent article are not uncommon and are nothing new. In the past I’ve also been admitted to hospital in both Glasgow and Coventry and both these hospitals’ waiting time for medication was similar to that at WSH so this is not just a local problem. On at least two occasions in the past I have been admitted on a Friday and because of a lack of consultants in the hospital at the weekend this has meant staying in until Monday. If I’d been admitted during the week I’d have been out either the same day or the following day.
I must stress that all the medical staff at WSH do a brilliant job and at no time has my health been put at risk in any way. The problem, in my opinion, is a lack of communication between departments. If you are fortunate enough to be the first patient seen when the doctors do their rounds in the morning and told you can leave, it seems that this information is not forwarded on to pharmacy etc until after the round has been completed. This can mean you are told you can go at 10am but this information is not sent onwards until after the round has finished which is where the delays start. Many of these delays could be avoided by giving a patient such as myself a written prescription to collect at a pharmacy in the town thus freeing up the bed in minutes.
-- J M McGovern, via email
A PLEASURE TO VISIT HOWARD MIDDLE SCHOOL
Just to draw a chalk line under the recent mixed publicity regarding Howard Middle School, I would like to inform your readers that I had the pleasure of visiting the school this week. I was truly impressed with the high expectation of staff, the motivation/engagement of all pupils and the variety of initiatives deployed to ensure a top-rate education was being delivered. I have a national role in education that gives me insights into numerous schools all over East Anglia and, in my opinion, Howard Middle School is up there with the best!
-- Name and address supplied
THIS IS NO ‘WINDFALL’
I was surprised to see a headline (Bury Free Press, June 21) describing a debt of £200,000 as a windfall. A debt can be described as an embarrassment, an encumbrance, a liability, even a millstone but never a windfall. As a taxpayer I was concerned with the delight with which the chairman of Bury Town FC accepted the money with not one word about how, when and on what terms the money is to be repaid gives a slight suspicion someone else is thinking in terms of windfall .
-- Les Button, Bury St Edmunds
STORE IS ‘JEWEL IN THE CROWN’
In response to the editor’s request in last week’s Bury Free Press, I would like to suggest the Co-op in the Mildenhall Road as being a ‘little jewel in the crown’ that make up the supermarkets in Bury.
When the Co-op took over what had been Somerfields, they engaged in an almost unbelievable transformation, which enabled a pint pot to absorb a quart, the result being a clean, well stocked, competitively priced stock of food and normal household requisites, making shopping there a comparative pleasure.
-- Brian Davies, Bury St Edmunds
WE’RE PLANNING FOR A PEACE TREE
As the annual celebration of Armed Forces Day approaches and preparations begin for commemoration of the centenary of the 1914-18 war, Quakers in Bury, having a concern that the pageantry of military ceremonial may divert our thinking from the true cost of war and from reflection on the prevention of conflict, are beginning a consultation about the possibility of planting a Peace Tree in the town.
The purpose of this would be to celebrate the importance of peace building, which, we believe, must begin at the local level. It makes use of an idea which originated in Canada and has become established world-wide. At a time when the voices of extremism urge us towards hatred and violence, we wonder whether a Peace Tree in Bury St Edmunds might prove an effective point of focus as we approach the commemoration of World War One.
We intend to arrange a planning meeting in the autumn for all interested parties.
-- Bury St Edmunds Quakers, St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds
WE NEED FACTS, NOT SPIN
Your editorial ‘Pupils must come first in any decisions’ (Bury Free Press, June 21) relating to schools reorganisation in Bury St Edmunds, correctly identifies the priorities which should be followed. Sadly, party politics intervenes and the fear of losing face is a key factor in the process. As the only one of the 75 members of the county council not attached to any of the five party political groups at Endeavour House in Ipswich, I am determined to ensure that parents are kept fully informed so that they can make the best decisions about their own children’s educational future. We need the facts not ‘spin’ or dogma from vested interests and I’m sure that the Bury Free Press will continue to highlight the main issues over the next few critical months. Keep up the good work!
-- David Nettleton, County councillor, Tower Division, Bury St Edmunds
WELL DONE FOR HIDDEN GARDENS
Can I say congratulations to Diane Knights, the chairman of this year’s Hidden Gardens. There were 32 gardens this year – the most ever, raising £2,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
-- Brian Cash, Bury St Edmunds
PRODUCTION WAS GREAT FUN
I saw your piece in the Bury Free Press on June 7 and wanted to let you know how great we thought The Two Gentlemen of Verona was by this amazing little theatre group.
We went along with friends who had suggested it, but I was riveted to my seat and found myself glued to the performance. Absolutely great fun and please do tell your readers all about Bring Out Your Dead Productions as I think they shouldn’t be missed.
-- Alison Bacon, Bury St Edmunds