A selection of letters from the Bury Free Press of Friday, January 2.
CAR SPACES SIT EMPTY ALL DAY
Many residents are complaining about the cars displaced to park in their streets following the changes to the parking rules in the Springfield Road/Grove Road area, and here is part of the reason – a large part of Springfield Road now empty of cars. The area opposite Trinity Mews used to accommodate 10 or more cars all day, and they were not in anyone’s way, but thanks to bollards, limited period parking, and a parking charge that you can only pay if you have a mobile phone, those spaces now sit empty all day. Madness.
At the same time, the council has created a safety hazard by marking parking spaces that make it legal to park right next to the Trinity Mews exit, so residents driving out can’t see if traffic is coming.
-- John Goldsmith, Bury St Edmunds
BAN ALL VEHICLES FROM THES ROAD
Hopefully after rebuilding Cupola House, the Skinner Street pavements, kerbs and cobbles will be repaired; properties smartened; wheelie bins off the pavements; hanging baskets installed (not too many or too gaudy); and most importantly all traffic prohibited.
Why? Vehicle weights, widths and lengths have and will continue to increase; the street cannot be widened – what happens? Vehicles intentionally or by driver error mount the pavement – the damage is done – it only takes one. Just go and look – cracked dangerous pavements, uneven kerbs, sunken cobbles.
If not caused by vehicles then by what?
Why do Suffolk County Council Highways/St Edmundsbury Borough Council/councillors think that somehow this problem will magically disappear if tens of thousands are spent on reinforcing, repairs and re-laying?
Allowing any vehicles will give carte blanche to all, no matter what size/weight. The entrance/exit are dangerous, interrupting traffic flow round the town.
Prohibit stopping: you will get a narrow rat run. Allow stopping: another vehicle turns in – can’t get through so tries to reverse out – another difficult/dangerous manoeuvre.
Surely we have learnt a lesson from St Andrew’s Street South? No matter how many signs are erected they are ignored.
Let’s hope the authorities/councillors think long-term and talk to all. If not, Skinner Street will constantly need repair and condemned to be an eyesore in the middle of town. Pedestrians and lorries don’t mix in such a confined and enclosed space on health [exhaust fumes] and safety grounds.
Good news – if pedestrianised, some businesses have already expressed interest in dressing their windows and opening their doors; no doubt more would follow.
The Nutshell/Ivory/Cupola House could be allowed outside seating – why not? All making a visual/commercial contribution to our town centre, footfall and market.
Can anyone make a factual case for allowing vehicles? What is it?
Yesterday’s river now grinds no flour, so let’s be proud of Skinner Street.
-- Simon Harding, Bury St Edmunds
GATES WOULD HIDE BINS
Skinner Street is much needed as a service street by the various businesses that need it for their wheelie bins.
If people don’t like looking at the bins then maybe a gate at either end would be the solution.
-- R M Shepherd, via email
COUNCIL HAS CAVED IN
So yet again the council has caved in again to the travellers and chosen to spend £1,780 of taxpayers’ money to appease these people to avoid any further cost and disruption of dealing with further unauthorised encampments.
If they truly wanted to settle down, then why not buy/rent a house like most normal people? What’s the odds they will get their planning application granted rather than cause further disruption? Pretty good I would say with this council.
-- Paul Rayson, Troston
THANK YOU TO GLASSWELLS
May I, through your paper, say a big thank you to all the family, staff and friends of Glasswells for a lovely lunch at the Bury St Edmunds store on Christmas Day.
Entertaiment, quiz, raffle, bingo and a visit from Father Christmas was all laid on and free of charge for retired people who would otherwise be alone on Christmas day.
I had a wonderful time and I am sure everyone else who attended did so as well.
Travel to and from our homes was also arranged. Everyone went home with a hamper. Thank you all for making it such a lovely day.
-- Janet Ely, via email
THRILLED WITH TOWER POPPY
I was thrilled that my poppy from the Tower of London arrived just before Christmas, not only was it delivered intact, but with a lovely brochure full of interesting pictures and a certificate of authenticity.
Sadly, I could not see this brilliant installation as I look after my mother now she is approaching the end of her life. Mum was thrilled by it as her father was in this Great War as was my great uncle, in the Royal Flying Corps.
My deepest thanks to all concerned for this incredible display, the designers, all of those volunteers, who worked so hard for one of the greatest displays honouring those who died in World War One.
-- Tom Murray, Howard estate, Bury St Edmunds
NEW FACILITY FOR SKATEBOARDERS?
Excitement is building in Thurston, as residents cannot wait for the new year and the opening of the trans-rail skateboard park [pedestrian rail bridge].
We trust that the youth of the area will make full use of the multi-million pound project. All that is needed now is a ‘NO SKATEBOARDING’ sign to ensure that our teenagers embrace the challenge.
-- Art Tanner, Thurston
KINDNESS AFTER CAR BREAKDOWN
On Friday, December 21, my wife’s car broke down as a result of a flood in Park Road, Drinkstone.
She rang the RAC at 2pm and they eventually arrived at 7.30pm. During that time my wife and I experienced a great deal of kindness. Many people stopped to ask if they could help – the lady opposite with her horses, Andrew and his partner any many others whose name I dont know could not have been more helpful. Colin, the RAC man, when he arrived went out of his way to help us.
May I through your column thank all these people for their consideration.
May I also thank the profound idiots who came through the flood at high speed causing even more problems.
-- Charles Merrifield, via email