READERS’ LETTERS: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, September 6

A selection of readers’ letters from the Bury Free Press of Friday, September 6.

REPORT HIGHLIGHTED PROBLEM AT WOOD

I would like to thank Elaine De-Keyser for speaking out regarding inconsiderate people who allow their dogs to run free in Lukes Wood in Elmswell (Bury Free Press, August 23). She is absolutely right – it is well signed with a polite notice asking people to keep their dog on a lead, yet there are some who totally refuse to acknowledge this.
Once upon a time I walked my dogs every day in Lukes Wood for several years, both on leads, but I no longer go there now because I too have encountered people with dogs running off the lead. Not only was it distressing for my dogs but it was also distressing for me. This kind of a situation can turn really nasty and it could easily be avoided if visitors to Lukes Wood with their dogs would have a little more consideration.

-- Margaret Palmer, Elmswell

KIDS CLUB WAS GREAT FUN

I would just like to say what an excellent job Abbeycroft Leisure staff have done for the Kids Club. I have taken two children there three days a week and they have done rock climbing, go karting, archery and athletics. Billy and Molly loved dodge ball and found the last day great fun with the water fight.

It was excellent value for money and the yellow card/red card system ensured children played by the rules and were not allowed to spoil the day.

Please let them know it was very well thought out and they should all be proud of helping so many parents stay at work.

-- Sam Reid, Bury St Edmunds

THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED US

Following a fire at our property on Bank Holiday Monday evening, which destroyed our garage and workshop, we would like to take the opportunity through the Bury Free Press to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to those who offered help. This includes the gentleman in a silver car who noticed the smoke and stopped his silver car to alert us to the emergency. Sadly, we didn’t get chance to get his name.

Special thanks to Ken Williamson and the fire crews from Ixworth and Bury St Edmunds who tackled the blaze. Their expertise stopped the fire from spreading to the house and their calm influence helped reduce the panic we felt. Thanks as well to the paramedics and A & E staff. We are really grateful for your help and to all the others who have been so kind with offers of assistance in the aftermath.

-- Ray and Marilyn Martin, Great Barton

QUAKERS URGE NON-VIOLENCE

Quakers in Britain, in common with several other denominational bodies, have urged a non-violent response to the crisis in Syria.

They have also welcomed the clear decision of the UK parliament to reject military intervention.

As the world waits for the decision of the US Congress, Bury Quakers, believing that there is a responsibility for all people of good faith to keep the conversation alive, wish to urge debate on consideration of courses of action which we might present to our MPs. Some commentators are claiming that no military action means no action of any kind and that we have ‘washed our hands of the suffering of the Syrian people’. We wish to counter this view.

Some immediate actions which could be taken include:

n A regional conference to search for political and diplomatic solutions which would come from the Middle East and not imposed by the larger power blocs

n The engagement of Russia and Iran. This will inevitably involve difficulties and compromises – are we willing to accept this and work for a just peace in which others’ interests are considered? If political rather than military solutions are to be reached, we will have to talk with people we may not like very much.

n The activation of the International Criminal Court in relation to war crimes and atrocities committed both by the Syrian government and by armed opposition groups.

n A co-ordinated programme of relief for refugees.

In the longer term, a debate on de-militarisation is essential, as is close scrutiny of the UK’s policy on arms sales. The idea that countries with the greatest military power should continue to be the world’s undisputed moral arbiters and police must be questioned and radical reform of international institutions and processes considered.

Ron Sider, of Christian Peacemaker Teams, has asked: “What would happen if Christians devoted the same discipline and self-sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war?” We believe that question is not just for Christians, but for all people. We may perhaps begin to answer it by examining the political, military and economic structures we build and inhabit.

It is a conversation for us all. This is not the time to sit back.

-- Bury St Edmunds Quakers, St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds

MANY OF US FEEL IGNORED BY POLICE

I just want to say what a marvellous letter the Rev Canon Jonathan Alderton-Ford wrote to your paper last week regarding the travellers. This clearly echoes what so many residents feel. As you are aware the travellers have now moved to another part of Bury St Edmunds after somehow the extra security measures were removed so they gained free access in a fast moving close convoy.

Canon Ford speaks for so many of us who feel ignored people by the Police who seem to turn a blind eye to clear offences for which most of us would receive a fixed penalty or even a court summons.

They say they have other

priorities, but these are

often the easier ones to enforce and perhaps provide revenue, although the large numbers of vehicles travelling through the pedestrianised area at the arc in St Andrew’s Street does not appear on the list.

What most people want is to be treated fairly and

listened to about their concerns, but of course there is the new role of Police Commissioner to whom the public can voice their views to.

-- Name and address supplied

HELP TO MARK FINAL INNINGS

The old cricket pavilion at the Victory Ground, in Bury St Edmunds, is due to close with games and a party on Sunday, September 15.

As a player, official and

supporter for over 40

years it would be great to see old friends there on that

day.

-- Chris Winning, via email

THE AIM IS TO RAISE INCOME

Gordon Jones suggests that parking should be free on Sundays and cheaper on market days because ‘that will benefit a lot of the

locals’ (Letters, August 30).

Keep up, Gordon! The aim is not to help local people –

it is all about raising income!

-- Gayle Wade, via email

MEETING SHOULD HAVE BEEN HERE

Am I the only person furious about the decision to hold a meeting, about traffic implications in Bury St Edmunds, for the 2031 plan, to find it was being held in Ipswich.

The excuse given, was not enough room at West Suffolk Council offices.

Have these people not heard of the Apex, seats about 500 last time I looked, the Athenaeum and the Guildhall? We prop up the Apex to the tune of over 700,000 a year, why not there? Who had the time to trundle over to Ipswich. I could not even find details of the meeting or time. It does smack of sheer arrogance and a lack of willingness to listen to the people of Bury, or is it the ‘we know best syndrome’.

-- Tom Murray, Howard Estate, Bury St Edmunds

DRIVERS ARE STILL USING MOBILES

Once again on Friday I was walking in Risbygate Street and saw three drivers in their car using their mobile phones.

A man I spoke to said he had just seen a further four people using their mobile phones in the same road.

Why is this still happening?

-- Brian Cash, Bury St Edmunds

THANK YOU FOR EXCELLENT CARE

Recently after a fall I broke my shoulder and I am writing to express my thanks to all at West Suffolk Hospital for the excellent and professional care I received. You are all very special and marvellous people.

-- R G Rees, Bury St Edmunds