In launching the latest round of consultation on Vision 2031, John Griffiths repeats his mantra that ‘growth is inevitable’. It is therefore refreshing to see correspondence (Letters, March 9) that rejects this view. In fact, growth is never inevitable because it is subject to naturally-imposed limits – for example, a new-born baby grows for about 18 years and then stops.
Your correspondent Alan Murdie makes a good point that Cllr Griffith’s repeated assertion actually shows that the whole Vision 2031 consultation process is a sham and that the council’s mind is already fully committed to a policy of unsustainable growth with dire effects on quality of life, most notably with regard to traffic volumes, but also with issues of water supply (highlighted by other recent correspondence) and landscape.
It doesn’t have to be like this. Another approach would be to look at the town and its near-saturation with traffic and to reach the conclusion that Bury cannot sustain more urban sprawl. Based on such a plan, development on brownfield sites within the present housing settlement boundary could be acceptable and would contribute to much-needed revitalisation of the town centre, since many of the sites are within easy walking distance of the centre. This is a far more sustainable scenario.
John E T Corrie,
Bury St Edmunds.