Question of sprinklers

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Like many residents, I have felt very sad at the loss of Cupola House.

It is a great shame that legislation does not require a sprinkler system to be installed in such a Grade I listed building despite the obvious risks of cooking for 120 simultaneous diners in the cellar of a timber-frame building.

This is particularly bizarre given the huge hurdles on restoration of Cupola House that had to be overcome to meet English Heritage and St Edmundsbury planning requirements.

How can we ensure that this never happens again in our town or indeed in any similar situation elsewhere in the country? Even without legislation it would be hoped that businesses operating in historic premises might in future see the point of installing effective protection against fire.

Andrew Hinchley,

Bridewell Lane,

Bury St Edmunds.