Call on communities in Bury St Edmunds to get behind new green schemes

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Community schemes to improve the environment will be discussed at a public meeting in Bury St Edmunds next month.

Members of the public will be asked to back Bury becoming a transition town (www.transitionnetwork.org).

The move would see a push for projects to grow more local produce and support existing local growers and independent traders, cutting transport costs and emissions.

Other schemes such as encouraging people to walk, cycle, bus or car share, community solar and wind power projects, more allotments, community bee keeping and a ban on single-use plastic bags are all being suggested.

Green party county councillor Mark Ereira said: “It is empowering people, not waiting for the Government or the council to tell us what to do.

“It is about us the people saying how we can make our community fresher. It is a positive response to the environmental challenges that we face and recognises that the price of oil is probably going to continue to rise and that impacts on everybody’s life whether through transport costs or the cost of food.

“It is also about opposing the over- development of the town.”

Sheila Blackmore, landlady at The Fox Inn, in Eastgate Street, is considering seeking planning permission for a monthly local crafts and farmers market on Sundays – something Cllr Ereira says fits in with the transition town ethos for supporting local producers.

Meanwhile, Karen Cannard, Bury author of The Rubbish Diet, also hopes to be involved in the transition town project.

“Anybody whether they are a resident or a business owner has a part to play in making the town more sustainable.

“I hope to see a platform for sharing knowledge on reducing waste, making better use of our resources, and sharing old skills,” said Mrs Cannard.

The meeting takes place on May 15 at 6.45pm at The Fox Inn.