Help to shape town over the next 20 years

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A CONSULTATION that will help to shape the future of jobs, transport, education and homes in Bury St Edmunds over the next 20 years, has been launched.

Members of the public can have their say on issues ranging from homes and communities, jobs and the historical and natural environment, to leisure and recreation, crime and safety, education and skills, health, travel, infrastructure and services and sustainability and climate change.

“Bury is a unique and wonderful town but it continues to face challenges and frankly further change is inevitable. We cannot escape the impact of global, national and local demands,” John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, told business and community leaders at the launch of the consultation at The Apex on Wednesday.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the community of Bury to set out its vision.”

Jan Goddard, services manager at Age UK’s Oasis Day Centre, said transport and housing for the elderly was a top priority.

“Supporting the elderly population, both those with and without dementia is a key issue for me,” he said.

Geoff Barton, head of King Edward VI Upper School, said: “I’m aware of just how lucky we are in Bury but the danger is to assume we have to leave it exactly as it is.”

He said youngsters now were ‘incredibly politically engaged’, especially in environmental issues and that it was important they too, had a say on how the town is shaped.

Student Sam Moore, 17, said jobs and schemes to help people, including university leavers into work was key.

John Popham, a planning consultant and chairman on the Bury Town Trust, said: “It is very important that Bury preserves its heritage but looks to do that with the right mix of communities and architecture – modern architecture, this is a vision for the future.”

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