A selelction of readers’ letters from the Bury Free Press of Friday, March 6.
SCHOOL IS GOOD NEWS FOR ESTATE
I read your recent article on the proposed new high school for Moreton Hall (Bury Free Press, February 27) with interest, however the response to the news from some has dismayed me. It is disappointing that certain individuals and community representatives have responded to their default position of criticism and negativity when faced with such good news for our residents.
I can only see as positive the input of tens of millions of pounds of investment into Moreton Hall for the school, along with new road infrastructure and improvements to community facilities. Scaremongering about transport and parking issues are greatly exaggerated – currently many parents in the area ferry their children by car to the opposite side of town for their upper school, needing to cross the town and the A14 at bottleneck junctions as they do so. A new school in the area will shorten journeys, take cars out of the rush hour and may well reduce related traffic.
The high school will be majority fed from primary schools on the estate and its greater accessibility will also mean children can walk or cycle more easily, promoting a healthier lifestyle to our young people. In addition, the proposed school plans offer brilliant new sports facilities which will also be open to the public, benefiting the pupils, local groups and adults alike.
Investments such as these should be grasped with both hands. A new school is vital for our future prosperity and will improve the lot of our next generation by aiding improvements to education standards. Those who wish to throw away an opportunity like this have based their criticism on minor issues which, even if they proved to be the case, are a small price to pay for the benefits for our children and our community. I, for one, am delighted about the proposed plans.
-- Cllr Peter Thompson, Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds
SOMEONE IS GOING TO BE INJURED
Once again I write concerning the traffic behind Boots in St Andrew’s Street South, Bury St Edmunds. On Saturday, waiting for a bus, I witnessed three cars go along that stretch of road. As one bus pulled up at the stop, a red car overtook it. Heaven forbid no-one was knocked down as it was quite busy. Several people commented on it. What good those built-up places have done, I’ll never know. Soon someone is going to be seriously hurt.
-- P Rose, Bury St Edmunds
FAMILY CAM TO CHURCH’ AID
In our parish there is a decent, hardworking family who have lived in Bury for four years. They were the first to clean up our St Edmunds church porch after the shock and upset we all felt when a misguided young man sprayed it with black graffiti. The family’s name? Delaney, namely Mr Kevin Delaney and his family. Yes, Mr Clifton Brown, you did well to resign after maligning these good people. These are people I’d be privileged to have as neighbours, but I’m not so sure about you Mr Clifton Brown.
-- Bridget Langley, via email
TOWN CENTRE WILL BE DIMINISHED
I was saddened to read (Bury Free Press, February 20) that Smiths Row Art Gallery is almost certain to lose its council funding and consequently may be moving to new premises near the railway station. While applauding the efforts of the trustees to keep the gallery open, I cannot help but feel that the cultural diversity of the town is diminished by this move. Smiths Row, together with Moyse’s Hall, offer curated art exhibitions in the centre of Bury and together with the arc and even the public library, provide the artistic balance to commercialism that makes Bury town centre such a diverse experience. Smiths Row even has the advantage over Moyse’s Hall in that its never less than interesting modern art exhibitions are free. It would have to be a special exhibition that would entice the average art lover to make the long journey down to the station.I suppose, however, that the citizens of Bury can look forward to a (yet another) new restaurant in the vacated Smiths Row premises – how will that add to the town centre ambience?
-- Robert Watkinson, Bury St Edmunds
CASH WILL HELP TO REPAIR CHURCH
Thank you to all the people who attended or donated to the quiz and fish and chip supper held recently to raise money for St Mary’s Church, Rickinghall Inferior. A total of £389 was raised. Thank you also to Jean Wright, quizmaster, with help from husband John keeping score, and Richard and his staff from Botesdale fish and chip shop who supplied the supper. Thanks are also due to the team of helpers who contributed so cheerfully and efficiently towards a happy atmosphere for the evening.
The money raised will be used towards repairs to the chancel roof and ceiling, the estimate for which amounts to approximately £64,500 if the work is carried out this year. The Government recently offered a grant for repairs to the roofs of listed churches. This has been applied for but we will not know until the end of March if we have been successful as the amount offered by the government is to be divided across the whole of the British Isles. Rickinghall Inferior Church is grade I listed. The round tower dates back to the 11th century.
Jean Sheehan, Rickinghall