READERS’ LETTERS: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, December 25

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A selection of readers’ views from the Bury Free Press of Friday, December 25

Hospital car park chaotic

As a fairly regular visitor to West Suffolk Hospital, I am sure I am voicing the opinion of many, many patients and visitors when I say that the car parking facility is appalling. Certainly there is a limitation on the total space, but whoever laid out the parking spaces and the routes through the car park must either have been drunk at the time. The spaces are narrow and in some areas difficult to manoeuvre into, but the whole disaster area is made worse by the total lack of management as more and more vehicles flow into the area when it is clearly jam packed. As a result, cars try to drive up and down the road system to find a space when none exists while others, in exasperation, try to escape the car park and then return via the main road to try again and again.

It would be simple to operate a system of observing one car leaving then allow one car access. It may cost some money to do so but with the exorbitant charges to park, this should be affordable.

In addition to the space problem, there is frequently one or more of the automatic pay stations out of order, followed by a queue at the office hut.

My visit today (December 10) saw the car park problem worse than normal as one car was abandoned on a corner, outside of any designated space, resulting in exasperated parkers unable to get out of their space while a long line of cars attempted to squeeze past the narrow gap left by this sefish parker – only cars of small or medium size could manage it while the others had to attempt a 10 or 12 point turn to get back and away from the obstruction. Of course, the selfish parker was entirely to blame but when I reported the registration number to a parking employee it was met with little interest and the car was still there when I left the hospital 1½ hours later.

I understand that the car parking facility does not come under hospital management and is probably a private company which would seem to have little interest in the welfare of the patients who are paying a high charge for a poor facility.

-- Name and address supplied

Councils should be ‘enforcers’

I was very pleased to read, in your report about cuts to the police budget (Bury Free Press, December 11), that St Edmundsbury Borough Council gave ‘a cautious welcome’ to the idea that councils rather than police be responsible for parking violations (such as parking on double-yellow lines). Not so the county council whose spokeswoman you report as saying that the enforcement of parking restrictions is performed by the police and ‘there are no firm plans for that to change’.

Suffolk’s Chief Constable rightly points out that to make these savings of £5 million in the next two years he needs district and county council co-operation. If Suffolk County Council looked about them they would see that, in almost every county in the country, parking enforcement is no longer the responsibility of the police and has passed to the district and county councils.

It is a common sight to see parking wardens booking cars for overstaying their time on a meter (the district council’s responsibility) but very rare to see the police booking someone for parking on a double-yellow line (their responsibility). We are told that the police have better things to do – and I agree that they do, as long as this unwanted responsibility for parking enforcement is passed on to the district and county council.

Meanwhile, you irresponsible car drivers, continue to park on yellow lines – the council can’t touch you and the police haven’t the time.

-- Alan Broadway, Bury St Edmunds

Drains are on the highway

Re the article in the Bury Free Press on Friday, December 18, Page 17 – ‘Couple call for drain cleaning’ (Great Barton).

Suffolk County Council made its usual reply, that this is a private road. I took in maps and photos not a year ago to Mr Harley that showed the drains were on the highway

As for cleaning the cabbage plants growing on the pavements and other weeds – was it badly cleaned or not cleaned at all?

-- Andrew Hill, via email

Thanks for all your support

All at the Bury Deaf Centre would like to express a very big thank you to the staff at both the arc shopping centre and Sainsbury supermarket for allowing us to sign Christmas songs at their venues to raise funds.

The atmophere and support from the public on both occassions was amazing.

At Sainsbury’s donations mounted to a fantastic £970 andand in the arc, on a wet and windy day, the Christmas spirit from the public came through and we raised £590.

Thanks to all who signed the Christmas songs,all who donated and both venues for allowing it to happen.

Happy Christmas to all from the Trustees

-- Bury St Edmunds District Deaf & Hard of Hearing Association

Grateful for ‘pay-it-forward’

Please could you post a thank-you on your letters page for us?

Yesterday (Friday, December 18), my sister and I were eating in Byron Burger at noon. There was a family of three next to us and they left as we were eating. When we asked for the bill, we found it had already been paid for by that family – I assume as a ‘pay-it-forward’ gesture.

We were both overwhelmed by such generosity and very humbled and grateful.

Please thank them, in the hope they see this, and let them know we did indeed ‘pay-it-forward’ in the spirit it was given.

-- L Henderson, Lakenheath

Total so far is nearly £42k

On behalf of the Bury St Edmunds Branch of the Royal British Legion I write to send a big thank you to everyone who worked hard for this year’s Poppy Appeal in Bury by helping at the supermarkets, having collection boxes in their business premises, carrying out street and house-to-house collections, and collecting at schools.

Very grateful thanks are also sent to all the members of the public who contributed so generously again this year.

I am pleased to report that the Poppy Appeal in Bury so far this year has raised £41,937.17.

Thank you again everyone. Your support is greatly appreciated.

-- Dick Palmer, Acting Poppy Appeal Organiser for Bury