Readers’ letters, June 7

A selection of readers’ letters from the Bury Free Press of Friday, June 7.

Don’t encourage more cars

Your correspondent Elizabeth Hodder (Letters, May 24) complains about the prospect of more houses being built with no new roads planned for the anticipated increase in traffic. I have no issue with more houses being constructed here: I enjoy living in Suffolk, and it would be most selfish of me to prevent others from also doing so. However it would be a huge mistake to make it easier for people to use their cars; if new roads are built, it serves only to create yet more traffic.

Ms Hodder seems to think that in order to travel around Bury one must be either driving a car, or on a bus. Why not ride a bicycle? I ride into town to do my shopping and never have to worry about finding a parking space. I save literally pounds on every journey by not using fuel and paying no parking charges.

Instead of wanting authorities to build expensive new roads for her, she can create her own solution by simply riding a bicycle. The more people who ride bikes, the more pleasant it becomes for others to cycle.

-- David Daw, via email

Top up online – it’s safer

I read about the incident where Cllr Terry Buckle drove through the doors at Tesco (Bury Free Press, May 24). The fact that nobody was injured and little damage occurred must be praised and I trust the councillor has now fully recovered from the incident.

I would, however, question why he was driving to Tesco as he stated he ‘only popped out to top up my mobile’.

I believe the councillor lives on Moreton Hall, so why drive to Tesco to do what can be done much more efficiently?

Walking could be a healthy option, and top up cards are useful if you are already in a shop buying other goods, but why go so much trouble and expense? I find the most efficient way to top up is over the internet or by phone.

No cost – other than the top up itself – and no waste of time or fuel.

A much greener solution . . . and safer.

-- K Widdick, Rattlesden

600 folkies and no real ale

I attended the recent Seth Lakeman concert at The Apex – what a great night it was too, except for one thing and that, in a word, is Sodexo.
Sodexo are supposed to be running the bar and accommodating the wishes of the paying customers. They are letting down the community of St Edmundsbury and Suffolk.
There were 600 folkies at The Apex and no real ale being served. You would think that a supposedly forward-thinking company would be looking at the audience and planning their drinks menu accordingly. Do they know we live in a real ale town?
Folk music and real ale go hand in hand – come on Sodexo, get your act together.

-- David Money, Bury St Edmunds

Town council has to recoup rent

The claim by Euan Allen that the town council is paying the borough council £20,000 over 10 years to lease 2.3 acres of land at the eastern end of the Cotton Lane allotments site is false (Letters May 31). The agreement in principle between the two councils made on 29 October 2009 was that a payment of £23 per year per five-rod plot was due to the borough council, the landowner. At the time I was chairman of the town council. As there are 38 such plots, the maximum sum payable per annum is £874. In reality, it is less than that, but over the 10 years of the lease, something like £8,000 is likely to be paid in rent.

The town council needs to recoup some of this money or the taxpayer would be providing a subsidy, so the 38 plots were offered to those a the top of a long waiting list at £46 a year. This is only 90p a week.

The 38 new plots – known as Avenue E – were being charged at twice the amount as similar sized plots on Avenues A to D. So the town council decided to raise those rents by £4.60 a year (9p a week) for five years until everyone was paying the same by 2015. This was going okay until February this year when the council decided on an increase of only 2p a week for the growing year 2014. This was what I complained about at the Annual Town Meeting on May 8. I suggested a simple remedy whereby next February, the town council increases rents by 16p a week so that by 2015 everyone in all five avenues is paying the same. Due to a subsequent agreement I made with the borough council in 2010 about the second half of the 10-year lease, there shouldn’t be a need to increase rents for the five years starting in 2016. They can remain frozen at £46.

-- David Nettleton, Cannon Street, Bury St Edmunds

A remarkable woman

In the early 1960s, Anthony Storey was appointed as the first educational psychologist in the then West Suffolk and given the task of creatting and leading a schools’ psychology service. One of his first recruits was Miss Julia Iggulden, the Aunt Julia referred to in the brief life history of the new mayor, Terry Buckle (Bury Free Press, may 24).She was a psychiatric social worker whose main responsibility was to work with families referred to a new group of child guidance centres set up in several towns with colleagues who were educational psychologists and specialist teachers. She was known to all of us as Iggy and proved to be a remarkable woman with many endearingly eccentric ways. Those close to her over the years heard about her involvement in Terry’s upbringing and about the support which she gave to her physically severely disabled sister.

Iggy was regarded as a friend by many families in distress and continued to receive letters and cards from people long after she retired. She would be very proud of what our new mayor has achieved thanks, in no small part, to her unfailing support. Terry Buckle’s own good work as a foster parent with his wife reflects well on them and on Aunt Julia.

-- B Perrett, Bury St Edmunds

Why keep our weak pound?

Your Cost of Living column (Bury Free Press, may 31) stated that in 1963 Sainsburys were advertising jobs for 15-year-old school leavers at £4 5s per day for a five-day, 40-hour week. This should, of course, have read £4 5s per week. I started work in London that year as a 21-year old physicist at £15 16s per week, which was a good salary.

This shows clearly how weak the pound sterling has been over the last 50 years. Why are we so keen to keep it?

-- John Wilkin, Bury St Edmunds

Thanks to volunteers

On behalf of Newbury Community Centre Committee, we would like to say a big thank you to the members of our social club, one of whom donated paint and the others who donated their free time to paint the club. Thanks also to our local butchers, Hubbards, who kindly provided food for the workers.

-- Jay Goodman, Chairperson, Newbury Community Centre

Concert was superb

Copy of a letter sent to Leslie Olive, of Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra:

I am a member of the Ralph Vaughan Wiliams Society and was privileged to be at the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra concert on 26th of May. I have to say that the performance at The Apex was on of the very best that I have heard for many years.Absolutely superb!

I note that it was recorded but upon enquiring I was advised that the recording could not be made public. Such a pity, I would dearly like to hear it again but also would have liked as many people as possible to hear it too.

Many thanks to you and the orchestra very a wonderful performance; RVW would have loved it!

-- Len Evans, Diss