Summit call to help create a ‘common vision’ for town

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ORGANISATIONS in and around the town are being urged to take part in a Summit for Bury St Edmunds as councillors plan the future for the town.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council has called the summit to gain the views and perspectives of all the different groups and organisations who live and work in Bury in order to create a common vision for the town.

Council leader John Griffiths said it was vital that as many people as possible get involved and help to safeguard the town’s continuing success and prosperity.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s event at West Suffolk House, he said: “We are in challenging times and Bury and West Suffolk has so far faced these and dealt with them very well by working together. No one organisation can do it by themselves. It is important that everyone chip in in these difficult times.”

The summit will be held from 6pm onwards and already organisations such as Smiths Row, Southgate Residents’ Association, the Tourism Group, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, the Chamber of Commerce, police and Suffolk Carers have signed up.

One session will examine Bury St Edmunds today while a second will be looking at the council’s forward strategy – Vision 2031 and gaining feedback on the plans.

Delegates are also being asked to take along details of their own events in order to compile a calendar and share information.

Cllr Griffiths said that afterwards contributions from the summit would help with short term strategies and the long-term planning for Vision 2031.

He praised the recent Bury Business Festival saying that it had placed Bury very firmly on the business map.

“Following on from the business festival, this is an opportunity for people who care about Bury and want to influence its future to compare and contrast the various things we have to offer and suggest how we can make it better and to contribute to one of the nicest towns in the country,” he said.

People need to reserve places by calling Andrea Maylea on 01284 757343 or emailing