A selection of readers’ letters from the Bury Free Press of Friday, March 24.
SMELL WILL BE APPALLING
Thanks to the Bury Free Press for putting our concerns about the planned waste hub on the front page. This may help to alert those in other parts of the borough to this crazy proposal, which undoubtedly will not just cause distress to residents of Great Barton and the Fornhams, but will blight our beautiful town, by having a huge smelly, toxic, noisy, trash site very close to the town’s historic core. Recently, Bury was voted one of the best 50 towns in the country; not for much longer, if this goes ahead.
So if the plans submitted by the borough council to its own planning committee are given the go-ahead, we in Great Barton will be inundated by heavy traffic in the week, and householders dumping their trash at weekends.
Add to this a huge increase in vermin and flies and an appalling smell all the year round but especially bad in summer – just think how bad your own black bin smells after two weeks, then multiply this by several thousand.
Also, I am reliably informed that, as the prevailing wind is westerly, it is likely that the proposed new development of homes along the A143 will have to bear a share of the smell and pollution. That would be a nice addition to an estate agent’s blurb.
The council says the trash will be emptied every day, but just to be replaced by more of the same. They say that the doors will be kept closed – how then do lorries get in and out? Not to mention the health hazard for those working inside.
We believe that this plan was designed to pass unnoticed, and during an election period (against government guidelines). We know that a significant amount of Council Tax money was paid before even the consultation took place –democracy in action.
We believe that the good folk of Bury St Edmunds have been hoodwinked into thinking this will be a site dealing solely with recycling, not a stinking eyesore within a very short distance from our lovely historic town core.
People may not be aware that elsewhere in East Anglia (Norfolk and Cambridgeshire) the waste transfer sites are always sited well away from any housing and that the household recycling sites are kept separate. In fact, the public are denied access to the main dumps. You may also not be aware of the recent fire at a former site in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, that caused noxious smoke to be seen from as far away as 20 miles and required people to be evacuated from their homes.
But our esteemed council feels that this will be an advantage for us in Bury. Think on ... these are the people who will be asking you to vote for them, who make statements purporting to care passionately about their local communities, and wanting to make this town a lovely place for us all to live.
-- Mitch Marshall, Great Barton
BUILDING IS AN EYESORE
I feel it our duty to complain about the ugly eyesore at the top of Parkway, cornering King’s Road, in Bury St Edmunds.
My wife and I celebrated 50 years of marriage last week and had visitors from Lincolnshire, Surrey and Essex and the comments from our visitors I dare not put in writing. Now we think about those comments, we wholly agree.
Surely some councillors must have seen this, so why has nothing been done to tidy it up?
Our home is situated in a conservation area and we are bound by all sorts of do’s and don’ts, some stupid, but we have to abide by these regulations.
I now wonder if any councillors need to go to Specsavers and with a bit of luck they may get a view of this ugly building.
Being on entrances to car parks and the town centre and with all the events taking place shortly, something wants doing now.
-- T H Scoulding, Bury St Edmunds
BARELY AN ANGRY WORD UTTERED
I am writing to express my thanks to the Fawcett Society in Bury St Edmunds for organising the Voting Matters event in the arc on Saturday and to thank the residents of our part of Suffolk for engaging so positively with all the political parties who were present.
Politics is a highly emotive issue and at election time it is everywhere you look. With this in mind, I was struck – as have been on a daily basis on doorsteps across the constituency – that barely an angry word was uttered. People here in Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Needham Market and all the surrounding villages, genuinely want to be part of the political process and see that their local representatives are accessible and on hand.
Events such as this one organised by the Fawcett Society are desperately important. We have fought for the right to vote, women have only done so on an equal footing for 87 years and there are still far too many countries who deny them that basic freedom. This election gives us all the chance to have our say in our nation’s future, to stand up and vote for the country we want our children to inherit and to be part of the process. On May 7th, whoever it is for, please vote - it isn’t a chore, it’s a privilege too many in this world do not have.
-- Jo Churchill, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Bury St Edmunds
LABOUR’S NHS DISASTER IN WALES
I have recently had an operation at West Suffolk Hospital, the efficiency and the service was fantastic.
We have seen much talk in your newspaper recently regarding waiting times for various services. The waiting time that I had was well within my expectations; the NHS under the Conservative Government has done a marvellous job of maintaining services after the financial disaster that was inflicted upon us by the last Labour Government. If we should have another Labour Government we should consider the appalling disaster which Labour have created with NHS Wales and what this would look like if inflicted upon our own beloved West Suffolk Hospital.
-- Derek Speakman, Bury St Edmunds
HUMAN RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK
Our human rights are under attack, at home and abroad. In the UK, plans to scrap the Human Rights Act are threatening our fundamental freedoms.
Despite a global ban, three quarters of the world’s governments still use torture, yet continue to deny it. As politicians stand for election, Amnesty International is asking: “What will you stand for?”
Local members of Amnesty have been inviting people to express their concerns about human rights by filling in a pledge card at Bury St Edmunds Central Library, finishing tomorrow. Cards will also be available at today’s hustings at All Saints’ Church.) After the election, these cards will be handed to the new MP, to show the support in this constituency for upholding human rights.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our Facebook page at Amnesty International Bury St Edmunds.
-- Avril Dawson, Chairman, Amnesty International, Bury St Edmunds
WE OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED
Ever since I first spotted collection points for food banks in local supermarkets, I have recoiled at the idea of adding anything into them.
To explain: for me, the proliferation of food banks nationally (“1 million use food banks” i-Paper front page headline, April 18) is the very worst and undeniable consequence of the Coalition’s so-called austerity programme, the effects of which have been purposefully heaped upon those in society already struggling.
The Coalition’s merry demonisation of the unemployed, benefit claimants and EU immigrants may provide a convenient distraction from the real cause of this world-wide economic crisis, but in reality it was due to the unregulated greed and risky speculation of unrepentant bankers (thank you Lehman Brothers). So to contribute to a food bank collection trolley, I concluded, was to back-fill, shore-up and indirectly support the cruel economics of neo-Thatcherism.
But when I recently talked this over with a friend, he gave me pause for thought (or food for thought, maybe).
He said, although he agreed with my sentiment, there was nevertheless something which made him drop a packet of nappies into the collection trolley at Asda every now and again. He said he didn’t think it was fair that babies and young children should be penalised, clearly though no fault of their own, from having the basic necessities we should be able to take for granted in a developed society. And having thought that over, I have to agree with him. So, I undertake to do something similar, whilst continuing to hate the fact food banks are in existence.
They ought not to be necessary. We ought to be ashamed. They are a barometer of the failure of the Coalition’s austerity mantra.
-- David Scotford, Woolpit
KINDNESS AND HONESTY
Wandering around Bury market on Saturday I was unaware that I had dropped my handbag, until a gentleman tapped me on the shoulder and returned it to me.
I would like to thank him again for kindness and honesty.
-- Jane Hartman, via email