A selection of readers’ letters from the Bury Free Press of Friday, June 6.
WASTE TRANSFER SITE CONTOVERSY
Thank you for bringing to the attention of your readers the intention of Suffolk County Council to build a massive shed at Rougham Hill to accommodate 95,000 tonnes of household waste from across Suffolk for transit to the Great Blakenham incinerator.
The resulting increase in HGV traffic in an area which is already heavily congestion with traffic frequently at a standstill and so close to the hospital is ludicrous. In addition, the risk of vermin, fire, odour and Legionella release from the operating system will create a danger to public health, putting even more strain on our already over-stretched public services. Added to this the reduction in capacity of our Household Waste Recycling Centre at a time when a planned 1,250 extra homes are to be built in the same vacinity is totally nonsensical.
As residents, we have to stop Suffolk County Council from making this disastrous decision. We urge you readers to suppport the campaign group’s fund-raising appeal to take Suffolk County Council to court in order for commonsense to prevail.
-- John and Angela Moore, Home Farm Lane, Bury St Edmunds
SUPPORT THE FIGHTING FUND
Your article concerning the plan to build a waste transfer station on Rougham Hill (Bury Free Press, May 23) failed to publicise the duplicity and highhandedness of Suffolk County Council (SCC) in refusing to look at the alternative sites put forward by St Edmundsbury Borough Council, despite assurances that they would. My understanding is that last November they agreed to look at alternatives to be suggested by January 10, 2014, and that deadline was then extended to January 31 and then, again to the end of February. St Edmundsbury’s officers worked for four months to provide a portfolio of alternatives and yet SCC have resolutely refused to examine it. Their argument is, apparently, that they will not examine these whilst the local citizens’ campaign group continues to pursue the legal route against the council by judicial review.
However, we now know that the group met Mark Bee and Deborah Cadman, the two leaders of SCC in mid April and agreed a media blackout while the council considered the alternative sites suggested by St Edmundsbury. Having indicated agreement with this compromise, SCC now says it is determined to defend itself at Judicial Review. This has already meant them spending around £50,000 of tax-payers’ money and the final bill could rise to over £120,000.
All this, despite SCC reassuring St Edmundsbury BC that they will look at the other recommended sites. My question is: “Can we believe them? If they win at Judicial Review will they again renege on their promise, and even if they lose will they still try to put forward the Rougham Hill site, whilst attempting to act correctly to avoid a second legal challenge?”
This deplorable story is yet another example of why we encourage others to support the fighting fund appeal.
-- Grenville Clarke, Lawshall
WHAT ARE THE FACTS?
It is surprising that Mr Corrie (Letters, May 30) does not seem to know there is already a waste transfer station on the rapidly expanding industrial/business area at Rougham Hill, so close to where he lives in Rushbrooke Lane.
Could it be because this site is well run by a great team, resulting in no noticeable noise, smell, visual or traffic pollution? Where does Mr Corrie think the large quantities of household, green, wood, cardboard, hard/soft plastics, hazardous and building wastes delivered to this site by businesses and the public go if they are not transferred?
It appears Mr Corrie wants two waste transfer stations with the one on Rougham Hill transferring its waste to another station (probably at least 10 miles away) before onward transfer to Great Blakenham – at enormous environmental and financial cost to Council Tax-payers.
The A14 junctions 41 (Saxham) and 45 (Rougham) are unsuitable without major upgrading (just read “Standards for Highways”). Or does Mr Corrie want to close the Rougham Hill station leaving all the businesses located there, but forcing residents and other businesses to take their waste miles away?
It is time for Mr Corrie, if he wants residents to stump up the cash for his crusade, to tell them the facts – not just stories about piles of rotting, toxic, smelly, vermin-infested waste and traffic gridlock which are just unfounded. Where does his claim of 5,000 tonnes of hazardous waste come from?
-- Simon Harding, Church Walks, Bury St Edmunds
OUR CHALLENGE RAISED £7,000
My father, Charles George Cass, moved to Bury St Edmunds with my mother 47 years ago.
He brought up his family here and was a retained fireman for 17 years. Sadly, on January 19 this year, he died from cancer of the bowel after a brave and dignified fight.
Whilst he was alive last year I started to plan a fund-raising event that would support Macmillan and help them continue to care for my Dad and other patients. When I sent Christmas cards to my friends last year I included an invitation to join me and my brother John, should they wish, to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. To our surprise, another 21 friends decided that they would like to join us and as a team we completed the challenge on May 25; raising around £7,000 for Macmillan in the process.
It certainly was a challenge for everyone but it was made easier knowing that we had the support of family and friends back home.
Many people sacrificed their time and many people donated money to help remember my Dad and to help Macmillan can continue their work.
This brings great comfort to me, my Mum, brother and sister and we would wholeheartedly like to thank everyone for their support.
-- Paul Cass, Bury St Edmunds
CHANCE TO UPDATE YOUR WILL
Thanks to the support of solicitors across West Suffolk and Thetford, St Nicholas Hospice Care is holding its popular Wills Weeks again this month.
Wills Weeks gives people the chance to make or update their will for free, making a donation to the hospice. All the solicitors taking part are generously forfeiting their usual fees for us.
Each of the eight solicitors – which between them have offices in Bury St Edmunds, Thetford, Newmarket, Stowmarket, Brandon and Long Melford – is offering appointments for one week of June.
Last year, Wills Weeks raised more than £16,000 for the Hospice, which is a significant sum.
For more information about Wills Weeks or for a list of participating solicitors, contact 01284 755000 or go to www.stnicholashospicecare.org.uk
-- Claire Webb, Major gifts manager, St Nicholas Hospice Care
GRATEFUL FOR HELP
Could I please thank the wonderful people who came to my aid when I fell on my face on Bury town centre on Saturday, May 31.
I fell outside Waterstone’s at about midday and people were incredibly kind. One lady gave me a new packet of wipes to protect my clothes from the blood while someone else fetched my husband and called the ambulance.
West Suffolk Hospital was, as usual, wonderful, making sure I was patched up in time to attend my granddaughter’s wedding reception for an hour that evening.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
-- Dorothy Squirrell, via email
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP
My cat, Molly, had been missing for the past week in Bury so I put up ‘missing’ posters.
I had a call this Sunday afternoon from a lady who had spotted her. She kindly left a message telling me where and when she had seen her and from her information we found Molly but sadly the caller didn’t leave her name and number, I would like to send my utmost thanks to her and wondered if you could put this in the paper in the hope the lady will read it.
-- Caroline Kendall, Bury St Edmunds