A selection of readers’ letters from the Bury Free Press of Friday, August 19.
REJECT PLANS FOR ‘DRIVE THRU’
RE McDonald’s plan for a ‘drive thru’.
While not being a resident of Moreton Hall, I am concerned about the implications and cannot see how this proposed development can be a serious contender for approval.
The Sainsbury’s roundabout is congested enough as it is and with the extra houses on Moreton Hall, goodness knows what chaos this proposal will cause. The proposed area, save for the hotel and the church, is residential and to build a ‘drive thru’ is totally out of context.
I would urge anyone who feels the same way to go to West Suffolk Planning web site and post their objection. The planning reference is DC/16/1324FUL.
One would assume that this application will be ‘called in’ and considered by councillors and I hope that they will have the foresight and gumption to turn it down.
-- Nigel Pitcher, Park Road, Bury St Edmunds
VOLUNTEERS CARE FOR GARDENS
In reply to Frank Holmes (Letters, August 12), West Suffolk Hospital has seven volunteer gardeners and this includes four of us who are pensioners.
We work in the courtyard gardens two mornings a week – there are 10 courtyard gardens.
If Mr Holmes has any friends interested in helping, please contact the voluntary service desk at the hospital entrance which is also run by volunteers. All a very happy crowd to work with.
-- Trevor Webber, via email
WHY SHOULD DUTCH PROFIT?
I’m pleased that the new Greater Anglian rail franchise is long enough to justify investment in new rolling stock. However, the franchise company is owned by the Dutch state. Why is it acceptable for the Dutch taxpayer to take the profit rather than the UK tax payer?
-- John Wilkin, Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds
STUDENTS SHOULD GET VACCINATED
In the UK, every university could experience at least one case of meningitis amongst its students within the first term. Meningitis can kill within hours. For those who survive, many are left with life-changing after-effects
Young people, and particularly first year university students are at an increased risk from meningococcal bacteria which can cause meningitis and septicaemia. Early signs can go undetected, and in young people can be put down to a bout of the flu, or even a hangover.
There are five main groups of meningococcal bacteria that commonly cause disease, Men A, B, C, W and Y. A report published last year showed a 430 per cent increase in Men W cases from 2009 to 2014, leading to the nationwide introduction of a Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for teenagers and young people through the NHS.
Last year, 14 and 15-year-olds began to be vaccinated at school, and a top-up programme was introduced for 17 and 18-year-olds through their GP.
Although they were contacted by post about the vaccine, only 35 per cent of this age group made an appointment, meaning that thousands are still at risk.
Taking exams, completing course work, passing your driving test and going to the pub; it’s no wonder that 17 and 18 year olds simply haven’t got round to visiting their GP for the vaccine.
It’s simply not a time that you put your health first. Which is why we are calling on parents to talk to their teenagers about the vaccine now, before they head off to uni.
You can’t keep an eye on them once university has started and as the early signs of meningitis are so difficult to detect, getting vaccinated now, might just save their life. It is also important to remember that vaccine does not prevent all types of meningitis. Knowing the signs and symptoms to look out for and getting medical help quickly is vital.
Talk to them about the Men ACWY vaccine, and make sure they get it before they go. It’s really not worth taking the risk.
For more information on the vaccine, or to download the signs and symptoms app for your phone visit www.meningitisnow.org
-- Liz Brown, Chief executive, Meningitis Now
BACKWARD STEP FOR RECYCLING
We live close to the town centre, with a small courtyard garden. Since the spring we have been unable to dispose of our kitchen waste in our brown bin.
Being of a generation which took some time learning the principles of recycling, it seems a very backward step to suggest that we should put domestic waste into our grey bin. It may be that others have aired this view before me, but I’m getting increasingly disgruntled – not to mention the futility of such an instruction.
-- Alison Dunn, via email