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Transformation plans for former post office go on display at 17-18 Cornhill

‘Wonderful’, ‘brilliant’, ‘imaginative’: these are a few of the responses given transformation plans for the former post office in Bury St Edmunds.

The first of St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s public exhibitions for the £8.4 million scheme – which could see a wider Market Thoroughfare, shops and up to 12 flats created –attracted a steady stream to 17-18 Cornhill on Wednesday.

The event showcased the council’s vision to retain the building’s historic facade, widen the link to the Arc and improve the aspect to St Andrew’s Street South.

Germaine Hanbury, of Bury, said: “I am pretty impressed with it. I think it’s going to open up the Arc and be a nice introduction to the two spaces. It’s quite imaginative.”

Averil Wiseman, of Bury, said: “It’s wonderful and it should’ve been done a long time ago.”

Barrie Hull, of Bury, said: “It is a brilliant idea, as long as they keep the front of the post office.”

Christine Pole, of Bury, said: “It looks like there will be more usable space between the buildings and it won’t look just like two walls bearing down at you.”

Geoff Fisher, of Bury, said: “I think it is going to be a good thing. I was a bit worried when I first heard the cost and I was concerned they might knock down the front.”

Sara Mildmay-White, deputy council leader, said the consensus had been ‘really positive’, with lots of interest, while Chris Rand, principal planning officer, said many had praised the scheme’s innovation.

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