More letters published in the Bury Free Press on January 18
PARKING: INCOME DROP DUE TO LAWBREAKERS
What nonsense is this “plans for a new car park in Bury St Edmunds are on hold after a drop in income from car parking charges”? (Bury Free Press, January 4, 2019).
Of course there is a reduction in fees when you can park in the street, at road junctions, on double yellow lines, in cycle lanes and on footpaths – in fact just anywhere you are pleased to park your car; and all free parking, because no-one is going to put a parking ticket on your car – unless you happen to park on council property on any day of the week, including Sundays.
The local council is only interested in protecting its own interests, despite the illegal parking which causes great inconvenience and danger to other lawful road users, also to mothers with pushchairs, wheelchair users, cyclists and pedestrians.
If the council exercised its power to fine unlawful parking, the car park would be full and the income increased and they would definitely need that extra car park now.
Bury St Edmunds
PARKING: PAY-ON-ENTRY IS HOSTILE TO VISITORS
My recent shopping experience in Bury St Edmunds – in reply to the front page article about car parking (Bury Free Press, January 4, 2019).
I parked underground in the Arc. The pay machine would not accept one of my pound coins so my shopping time was reduced to one hour. There was a traffic warden in the Arc car park and I would never trust my luck.
I went to Balaams and Boots, which were the intended reasons for going into Bury St Edmunds. I also wanted to buy a coat and have a wander.
I looked in three shops for a coat, I bumped into a friend who suggested we went for a coffee. I said I couldn’t, due to running out of parking time.
I could have spent all afternoon in Bury as it was coming up to Christmas and I wanted to do some Christmas shopping.
The council needs to wake up, because the car parking is hostile. Pay-on-exit needs to be installed. How do you know beforehand the length of your visit? When I am parked in Bury I constantly look at the time – worried that I won’t get back before my parking time is up – I hate that pressure.
So, Bury St Edmunds missed out on my friend and I having a coffee and snack, due to running out of parking time. I ran out of time to go back and buy the coat I liked – I bought a coat from an online company.
Also, I am ashamed to say that I didn’t buy any Christmas presents in Bury, because I hate the stress of pay-on-entry. If this was a typical experience, and I know it is, multiply by several thousand and it’s not difficult to see why there is a reduction incar parking income and footfall in Bury.
PARKING: NO SURPRISE THAT REVENUE IS DOWN
I read with dismay the lead article regarding parking in the Borough (Bury Free Press, January 4, 2019). It is no surprise that the revenue from the paid parking facilities has fallen, when drivers are allowed to flout the parking regulations throughout the borough with impunity and to park unlawfully wherever they choose. This unlawful parking causes unnecessary obstruction to traffic and causes much of the congestion to which residents and visitors are subjected daily.
For example, drivers park openly in the parking spaces on Angel Hill reserved for buses and coaches and on double yellow lines in the same area; the paid parking along Cotton Lane is not enforced and drivers park along the whole length of the frontage of the Vauxhall dealership, without punishment either for not paying the parking fees or, for parking on yellow lines; Westgate is frequently blocked by cars unlawfully parked on yellow lines and on the footways and by parents collecting children from the primary school and unlawfully waiting on yellow lines.
If the local authority wants to increase the revenue from paid parking and reduce traffic congestion, then it must vigorously enforce the parking regulations that it itself has enacted and stop the unlawful parking which currently blights the borough.
Name and address supplied
PARKING: AND WHAT ABOUT RAIL CAR PARKING
It is not additional car parking that is required for shoppers in Bury St Edmunds, but additional car parking at the railway station that is so desperately needed! What plans are being put in place to alleviate the total lack of sufficient parking for rail users?
PARKING: BUS RIDE CHEAPER THAN PARKING
I live in the town centre and gave up my car last year as I did not need it. Today I had the rare need to use a bus service. I took the Breeze route 1, from Mildenhall estate to the bus station, and was very pleasantly surprised when the driver told me the fare is £1.50 only! I expected above £2, which I would have been very happy to pay.
Yes, the bus is not the most
direct route, but just parking would be more than £1.50, then add fuel and depreciation, the cost just does not add up, especially for a single person.
The bus was empty for most of the journey, at just after 5pm. It is a shame not more people use the bus service, we have to support them to keep it!
On another topic, I had the use of a car today and drove past the train station to purchase a rail ticket for a journey to Stansted airport in February. There were plenty of parking spaces, but I was happy to pay, even though I anticipated to be there for only a few minutes. The display about charges for parking stated £1 for one hour, and increasing charges for two hours, three hours, and above.
I put my £1 coin into the machine to got a message “insufficient funds”. I tried again, the same message.
I checked the display, which is a few steps away from the machine, yes, £1 for one hour. No luck on my third attempt. The very helpful lady at the ticket desk informed me the charge for parking is £4! I only need 5 minutes! She then told me I do not need to pay if my reason for parking there is to only purchase a ticket.
Please, National Rail, sort out your signage!
Bury St Edmunds
PARKING: DRIVERS DISREGARD PEDESTRIANS
What makes it acceptable – on College Street at school pick-up times – to park illegally, not only on double yellow lines but also on the pavement, with the car engine idling? Not only obstructing the pavement, but also emitting toxic fumes. As a frequent visitor to Bury St Edmunds, I am appalled by the complete disregard for pedestrians in this part of town.
PARKING: TOWN NEEDS PCSO PRESENCE AGAIN
I see from last week’s front page, the town council is to sponsor two new police community support officers in the next few months for two years (Bury Free Press, January 11, 2019). This is good news, so thanks to them, as Suffolk Police have cut back on this service.
It has been noticeable recently the lack of a police presence around the town since Pcso Emily Howell left.
Certainly increased illegal parking appears to have increased, seen by others, too, on your letters pages. I find it particularly interesting that the borough council is reviewing cracking down on drivers leaving car engines running whilst waiting on busy roads with many pedestrians, long overdue.
It is anti-social, not good for the environment and wasteful of valuable energy resources.
There are always cars parked behind Marks & Spencer with engines running, and often in front, too, on Buttermarket, with a complete disregard for pedestrians who walk past getting a lungful of exhaust
fumes. A few days ago there was one parked outside the back doors of M & S with engine running and no driver, again not unusual on Buttermarket,
where I have seen just a young child only in a car on a few occasions. As the RAC pointed out in the press last week it is also illegal under section 42 of the Road Traffic Act ,1988, which enforces Rule 123 of the Highway Code “not to leave a stationary vehicle’s engine running unnecessarily on a public road’’.
I hope the new Pcso’s enforce this, like many other councils are doing, according to the RAC.
Fornham St Martin
Did we need to see skeleton picture?
I have to say that opening my BFP to see a shocking photograph of a real skeleton with a decapitated head was a little disturbing (“Rare find of decapitated skeletons at burial site”, Bury Free Press, January 11, 2019). Could we not have had the story without a large, colour photo? It doesn’t matter how old they are. They are real people.
Editor’s note: We take seriously the responsible use of pictures, and in this case felt the archeological importance of the find, especially given the unusual nature of a rarely recorded Roman funeral rite, warranted the illustration.
TRANSGENDER ISSUES: ALL VIEWS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED
Thank you – the Youth View feature written by Millie King was welcome reading (“No excuse for transgender prejudice”, BFP, January 11, 2019).
Sadly, however, her prejudice came through towards the end of her column. Millie appears to hold in contempt any moral views held by the religious fraternity – implying that they should shut up and keep quiet on such issues of the day.
“Live and let live – you only live once, so be true to yourself and do what you want” is the mantra of today’s society.
Yes, if there is no compassion whatsoever for all of mankind (non-PC term, I realise), to be found in a particular religion – then it’s right to question that religion and ask why. Talking from a Christian point of view, Christians should continually ask themselves in their daily lives, “What would Jesus do?”
Interestingly, the following extract was in a national newspaper the same day as Millie’s piece.
Concerns were expressed about NHS hospitals that routinely allow men who self-identify as women to share wards with female patients.
“A nurse in one hospital reported that a patient identifying as a transgender woman appeared to become sexually aroused on a female ward, distressing elderly patients. The report, from Freedom of Information requests, creates concerns about the ‘equality impact assessments’ undertaken by hospitals that are supposed to examine how policy changes affects all groups.
“Many of the assessments appear to consider only the needs of trans patients and not other groups, who are supposed to be taken into account due to other characteristics such as sex or race.”
A barrister in London (Amanda Jones at Great James Street Chambers) said: “If you aren’t even considering other groups in your equality impact assessments, your policy cannot be lawful.”
To conclude, we should be a tolerant society, but need to bear in mind those who claim that no one’s rights should take precedence over another’s – to their detriment.
Bury St Edmunds
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We continue to rise to this challenge as we know that, together, we can create a world where diabetes can do no harm.
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Midlands and East of England Regional Head at Diabetes UK