Your chance to help shape the future

A personal view
A personal view
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Have your say

Where will you be in 10, 20 or 30 years time? A new career, a new family, a new home, a new life?

So much can change in such a relatively short space of time. I fully expect – and hope – that nothing changes too much in my life. It’s not that I don’t have ambitions and aspirations for me and my family, but I am hugely content in my little life in West Suffolk.

So much so that when people ask if I have a speciality in my business, I simply say it is a geographical one having lived and worked in Suffolk, or on the border, all my life.

That’s not to say our fair county is perfect. Take Bury St Edmunds for example.

We all know it is a thriving town, the envy of others, thanks to the hard work and committed and collaborative approach of so many. But you could point to a straining traffic problem, creaking parking and roads and a fabulous but overstretched hospital as just some areas for improvement.

Rail, broadband, education, the age-old problem of linking the old and new of Bury’s wonderful shopping area – these are all things that could still be improved.

For me, the key word is complacency – and the importance of guarding against it. It would be easy for other areas to grow and improve (Ipswich, I’m looking at you) while Bury just settles.

All of these ramblings are leading up to one simple point – have your say. The Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Masterplan was launched last month to give everyone a chance to have their say in shaping our town.

The importance of this document cannot be overestimated.

Your views will feed into a plan that will directly impact on what Bury St Edmunds looks like in the future.

Fast forward to that 10, 20 or 30 years time, and your views – or indeed lack of them – will make a difference to your future self, let alone children and grandchildren. I would go as far to say that if you don’t make your views known now, can you really criticise, constructive or otherwise, in the future?

I have had some dealings with the Masterplan in Haverhill and I have seen for myself what vision and clarity it brings to improving a town. Bury has so much going for it and huge scope for growth remains, something that brings challenges just as much as exciting opportunities. Please have your say. You can find all about the various drop-in events and all the information about the Masterplan at www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/bsemasterplan