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Council relocates Bury St Edmunds park bench to stop ‘drinkers’ hogging it

Bridge work in the Abbey Gardens, Bury
Bridge work in the Abbey Gardens, Bury

A council is hoping that relocating a Bury St Edmunds park bench will discourage ‘drinkers’ from hogging it.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council has removed steps leading to the River Lark bridge and a nearby bench from the Abbey Gardens.

A spokeswoman said the aim was to ‘improve access for all’ by replacing the steps with a widened path.

The bench, meanwhile, is to be relocated further along the path in an effort to tackle anti-social behaviour.

She said: “The bench in its current position is sometimes used by drinkers, which means it cannot be used by people with mobility issues.

“The new layout, including the positioning of the bench, will encourage the flow of people and we hope make the bench more available for those who need a rest.”

But Bury resident Gayle Wade is against removing a public amenity in case an ‘undesirable’ person uses it.

She said: “I walk past that bench nearly every day and have seen lots of people sitting there, most of them parents with children.

“It is not acceptable to me that a small minority of residents should be able to drive and execute a change which will affect everyone with no wider consultation.”


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