READERS’ LETTERS: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, October 10

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A selection of readers’ letters from the Bury Free Press of Friday,October 10.

MARKET TRADERS HAVE BEEN DOING THEIR BIT

In the section ‘A personal view’ (Bury Free Press, October 3) your correspondent must have missed that the former YMCA shop is being fitted out and will be a cafe/restaurant.

As for the market being moved, we have worked with Mark Cordell and St Edmundsbury Borough Council to reconfigure the market to best help St John’s Street.

Most of the market traders who have already moved are of long-standing, some second generation and who have been trading in those positions for over 40 years. So for them to move and help improve the town for the sake of others, they all should be thanked and supported.

-- Darren Old, National Market Traders Federation, Bury St Edmunds

HOME IS MEETING OUR MUM’S NEEDS

I would like to comment on the article about the new care home in Mildenhall (Bury Free Press, October 3). Our mum was a resident at Lakenheath and this time last year we were devastated at the news of the home’s closure. No home could ever have what Lakenheath had.

She was sent to Wamil Court, which we knew would only be until the new home opened.

We are more than pleased with the quality of care she receives. We visit daily and are always made to feel so welcome. The carers are all very friendly and very dedicated.

We cannot emphasise enough that all our mum’s needs are met.

-- Jeannie Morley, via email

VISION 2031 JUST LIKE MONOPOLY

Councillor David Nettleton is right to say that Cllr Terry Clements and those involved with Vision 2031 should be ashamed of what they have produced (Letters, October 3).

‘Spitting in the face of local people’ is how I have heard Vision 2031 described, and it is not hard to see why. What has taken place has been little more than borough officials and selected developers playing a game of Monopoly, regardless of the wishes of local people.

In June 2012 Cllr Beckwith, together with Cllrs Mark Ereira-Guyer and Craig Dearden Phillips collected numerous signatures for a petition against blanket proposals for 6,000 homes being built. It was wholly disregarded. Similarly, numerous formal objections registered were also dismissed and the views of whole areas ignored.

Dissatisfaction in the inquiry process is also shared by those participating in the Examination in Public into Vision 2031 held at the arc. On January 30 this year several people gave evidence to the inspector concerning the land between Fornham All Saints and Bury, believing it was part of Vision 2031. It then turns out that the development control committee had already rushed through and granted an outline planning permission for the site concerned over Christmas 2013. A permission was issued on January 2, 2014, making the discussion at the arc a complete waste of the time. What was the point of having a public hearing, if it had already been determined?

-- Alan Murdie, Bury St Edmunds

JUNCTION WILL BE CONGESTED

Nine are the number of exits/entrances using the A14 Junction 43 roundabout (Tesco’s).

The Highways Agency has had to erect advance warning signs of possible congestion for drivers on the A14 approaching Junction 43 from the west.

Our councillors, bless ’em, have forced our council to spend £100,000 of our cash on consultants (‘they who borrow your watch and then tell you the time’) on a feasibility study for a massive, expensive, combined waste transfer station, highways depot and public household waste recycling centre on Compiegne Way (A143).

Most of the traffic using this will be forced to use Junction 43. Add to this the 1,250 new homes planned at Great Barton (Vision 2031) largely using the A143 to Junction 43. Say no more.

Still, don’t worry: provided all councillors preface their support with the magic phrase ‘we take congestion, air pollution and the environment very seriously’, all will be well.

Just remember to take your breakfast, lunch and dinner with you as you wait to negotiate Junction 43.

An air pollution face mask may also be wise.

-- Simon Harding, Bury St Edmunds

I HOPE MP CAN BE PERSUADED TO STAY

In reply to Stephen Dunne (Letters, October 3), I wish he had read my original letter more carefully, as I did not say that I thought domestic violence acceptable. Neither did I say that I did not support female ministers in the church.

Just that the actions of this minister was an interference in politics, that had put back the course of women by years.

He had been forgiven by his partner and I don’t think that one hasty mistake should wipe out years of work.

A lady of intelligence and mature years that has no ties of either children or marriage is able to decide if she wishes to continue with a relationship or not. Before it reaches the stage of domestic violence.

His remark of ‘let alone a woman’ is insulting and very patronising and quite a decade out of date.

I suggest that he reads this letter a little more carefully.

I hope the people of Bury will persuade Mr Ruffley to stand again.

-- Anne-Marie Hill, via email

RIVERBANK AREA INFESTED WITH RATS

On a visit to Thetford on Saturday, I decided to park by the river near the shops in the car park where the statue of Mr Mainwaring from Dad’s Army is placed, and while standing on the bridge looking at the river, all of a sudden, to my surprise, I spied a rat – well not a rat, a vast amount of rats.

They have infested the town’s river bank and were amazing to watch going about there work – pulling out bread from the river and diving into holes in the side of the river’s edge.

They then proceeded to go higher up and actually were running along where people sit to have a picnic and watch the world go by.

Obviously this is quite concerning as you have the general public wandering around and children, and the rats seem to not mind, you could say immune to what’s going on around them. Put it this way, they are not shy. With them carrying diseases, surely this is not very hygienic and I’m surprised the council has not done anything about it.

-- Estelle Raeper, via email

PLEASE REPLACE OLD CROSSING

I felt the need to write in and have a little grumble about the new crossing at Sainsbury’s in Bury St Edmunds.

I’ve frequently crossed that road and watched others crossing when I’m driving and I’ve never had, or never witnessed, any problems. Yet it appears to have been decided to remove the island in favour of some traffic lights. Fail!

I found myself at the junction the other day and needed to cross the road to get to Sainsbury’s. It was approximately 6.30pm (not height of rush hour) and because I couldn’t do the road in two halves as the island is no longer there, I was forced to press the button. I was embarrassed. The lights turned to red for the traffic, I sheepishly crossed alone, and looked over my shoulder to see that I’d held up about 30 cars. I can only apologise. I then found myself on the other side of them as I drove down Bedingfeld Way today . . . the lights turned red for us cars, we all ground to a halt and then there was no-one there to cross. What’s it all about?

Any chance of reinstating the island please?

-- Name supplied

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY

May I through your paper extend a sincere thank you to the wonderful people of Bury St Edmunds who gave so generously during the Battle of Britain Wings Appeal 2014.

Branch members, along with airmen from RAF Honington and Air Cadets from 301 Squadron ATC raised a grand total of £2,500.

Supporting ex-serving members of the RAF is just one part of our work. We also assist serving personnel as well as dependent families. From survivors of World War Two to those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan today, all can turn to the RAF Association when in need of welfare support.

-- Ernie Broom, Battle of Britain Wings Appeal organiser, RAFA Bury St Edmunds