READERS’ LETTERS: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, November 21

Readers' letters
Readers' letters

A selection of readers’ letters from the Bury Free Press of Friday, November 21.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE CAUSES GRIDLOCK

In anticipation of the claims that tens of thousands of people enjoyed the 2014 Christmas Fayre and what a fantastic advert it is for Bury, spare a thought for everyone trying to go about their day to day business.

The delivery drivers, couriers, taxi drivers and parents attempting to collect kids from school stuck in the inevitable gridlock – these are the people who contribute to the economy of Bury every day. These are the people who have to endure this nightmare of frustration and loss of income every year. Start putting the people of Bury first.

-- Ian Thompson, Bury taxi rank

NOW I CAN’T PARK NEAR MY HOME

The front page report (Bury Free Press, November 14) confirms residents’ anger at the new parking scheme recently introduced in Zone L.

Cllr David Nettleton is quoted as saying that the parking scheme was put in place in the interest of residents being able to park. That is disingenuous. Now, many people like me are unable to park at all within 60m of our house due to the double yellow lines. He says he’s received positive comments from residents. He’s now received many more negative comments. Again, distorting the overwhelming balance of opinion.

I spoke to Anthony Smith, at Suffolk County Council, and was astonished at his response. I asked him in particular about there being no parking bays at the lower end of Challice Road. He said there might be a review, but couldn’t confirm when. But anyway it would be within 12 months.

Did I realise how expensive it would be to change the decision or make amendments?

I was astounded when he admitted that there could have been two parking bays on each side of that stretch of Challice Road. It was long enough to allow for this. So why weren’t two bays marked there? Of course, there would be no guarantee that I personally would be able to find a parking space there. However, I always could before.

I was told that I should have made a trip to the library to check the plans? Why could these same comprehensive details not be put on to the website – or included in the letter we received.

The letter we received states:

1) “ Your neighbourhood permit schemes will be known as Zone L – this will cover Grove Road . . . Challice Road . . .”

2) “These parking permit bays will be on each street mentioned above …”

There is no mention of double yellow lines.

The plan on the website outlined the roads to be included in the residents’ parking marked in blue – I naturally assumed that this meant that this was for parking bays, not double yellow lines.

Before this scheme was introduced my partner and I were the owners of a house with convenient and readily available parking at all times. I now own a house that has no parking within sight of the property. I am certain that this will have had a negative impact on the value of the house. The security of our cars has also been compromised, as we can no longer see them from the property. This will almost certainly impact on our insurance premiums, as we can no longer say that we park outside our home.

According to the Bury Free Press report, the county council are ready to listen to residents’ requests to have this revoked. Please add my voice to that list. As a start, let me park near my house. Add more parking bays on Challice Road.

The whole scheme has been handled insensitively, with no real concern for residents. It’s unnecessary, ill-conceived and needs to be reviewed. Now.

-- Liz Ingle, Durbar Terrace, Bury St Edmunds

YELLOW LINES HAVE MADE ROAD SAFER

I can appreciate that convenient parking spots might have been lost for some residents of Cornfield Road, but the double yellow lines already made a huge positive difference to road safety and the flow of traffic at the busy times. For once, drivers don’t have to negotiate bollards and bonnets. Cyclists and especially little pedestrians can now be seen.

As a resident of Cornfield Road I also feel aggrieved having to pay to park outside the house. This seems to be the only solution suggested to deal with the ‘dreaded’ students. After having quite extensive parking spaces covered in college extensions, the powers that be decided to go ‘green’ without offering sensible alternatives to the increased number of college users. Cycling is, unfortunately, not a safe alternative for most, as the cycle paths are rather patchy and inconsistent despite some efforts. On inquiry a number of months ago, I was told that students could use the multi storey carpark at a reduced rate. I don’t know if this is true, but with less and less options for them, it might become more attractive to some drivers.

Underground parking as part of planning permissions on larger building projects like the social housing on Risbygate Streetwould of course have helped to ease the pressure. Maybe next time around.

-- Regina Collender, via email

PARENTS NEED INFORMATION

I was disappointed to read the limited and uninformative comment from a council spokesman in your article about parents not being aware of schooling options (Bury Free press, November 14).

Parental choice was at the heart of Suffolk County Council’s SOR consultation in Bury. They emphasised that their proposals, leading to two systems of education operating alongside each other in Bury s would enhance parental choice, which they fully supported.

It is therefore incomprehensible that they have not followed this through by telling all parents of Year 4 children, regardless of which primary school they attend, of their right to choose which system their children go to for Year 5 and onwards. Instead, only some parents have received letters from Suffolk County Council, who are running the unified admissions process for Bury schools. All other parents have been left to find out for themselves.

Parents can only exercise their choice if they are informed about it. So for those parents who have not been informed, they need to go to Suffolk County Council’s admissions http://www.suffolk.gov.uk/education-and-careers/schools-and-support-in-education/applying-for-a-school-place/admissions-applying-for-a-school-place-in-2015-2016/ and look for end of Year 4 transfer.

It is completely unacceptable that the move to two tier in Bury results in many parents being made ‘second class citizens’ because they have not been informed of the educational choices which they can make at all the transfer points between the two systems. The first of these transfer points is, of course, at the end of Year 4.

-- Dr V J Hughes, Barrow

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP

As an elderly man of 79 years, not in very good health, I parked my car in the car park in Lower Baxter Street, Bury, on Rememberance Sunday morning.

Walking with two sticks, I made my way to the Angel Hill, but by time I got there I was not feeling too good. A gentleman from behind me went and got a chair from the cafeteria.Once again a Good Samaritan came to my assistance – gratefully received. My thanks to that man and the cafeteria. Also, during the proceedings I am afraid my emotions got the better of me and when I stood up at the finish once again I was in trouble, my feet did not want to go where I wanted.

Another Good Samaritan got hold of my arm and he and his good wife walked me very slowly back to my car. I knew this man as he used to be a hospital car driver – thank you also my friend, and also Angie and family, thank you.

-- Peter James Frost, Bury St Edmunds

TOO MANY NOT WEARING A POPPY

No-one is under any obligation to buy and wear a poppy, but I

would have thought this year in particular, bearing in mind the extent of the coverage commemorating the outbreak of World War One, and the fact that over five million people visited the never-to-be-forgotten display of ceramic poppies planted in the moat at the Tower of London, would have been enough to galvanize anyone into buying this symbol of gratitude to the 888,246 souls whose sacrifice gave us the choice.

I am ashamed to say that on three separate visits to supermarkets – one of which was on Armistice Day – I counted just 14 being worn.

It is of course possible that the poppy sellers ran out of poppies, as did Sainsbury’s run out of the commemorative chocolate bars.

-- Brian Davies, Bury St Edmunds

GRANDMOTHER WENT TO FRANCE

I have recently unearthed a cutting about my Suffolk grandmother Bessie Bloomfield, who ran the post office in Coney Weston and went to France at the end of World War One after hearing her son John had been wounded and was seriously ill. He subsequently died, but after she arrived.

I wondered if any other Suffolk mothers went over to France during World War One?

I have the book From an Abbeville Window which mentions my grandmother.

After my grandmother returned, she carried on corresponding with other mothers – and seemed to pack endless parcels of apples to them as they were in short supply.

I have often wondered why my aunt (her daughter) did not accompany her, but I suppose she was needed to keep the post office running smoothly.

-- Eileen Fardon, Bristol

PERFORMANCE WAS SUPERB

Can we, through your columns, thank the young people of Conservatoire East at West Suffolk College for a wonderful evening’s entertainment last Wednesday.

Their show, New York State of Mind, was superb and they demonstrated a confidence and energy that would not have disgraced a professional production.

Each song was sung and danced beautifully, the young performers engaging the audience throughout.

To achieve what they did must have involved a great deal of hard work and commitment and congratulations must also go to their director and choreographer, Gary Willis and their musical director, Paul Schofield.

We look forward with eager anticipation to their next show.

-- Richard and Christine Stainer, Bradfield St George

RUFFLEY THE ONLY PERSON FOR JOB

I was so pleased to read (Bury Free Press, November 14) the letter from Andrew Hill which echoes my opinion that David Ruffley is the only person with the right attributes for the positionof our MP, not someone who has been brought in, but someone we know and who loves Bury St Edmunds and the area and its people.

I do hope he will reconsider his position and stand at the election in May.

-- Edna Coote, Bury St Edmunds

ROAD SURFACE IS MUCH IMPROVED

At long last the local authority has resurfaced St Andrew’s Street South, in Bury, which was in a dreadful condition for many years especially to cyclists.

Now that the lovely smooth surface also has very clear parking restrictions it should be easy to enforce!

Hopefully, no utility companies will be along to dig it up...

Thank you to the council for getting the job which was long overdue.

-- Name and address supplied

NOTHING GOOD TO SAY ABOUT SCHEME

Well, what can I say about the new West Suffolk Hospital parking scheme that is printable? Nothing!

-- B White, via email