A selection of readers’ letters from the Bury Free Press of Friday, October 31.
SUPPORT THE POPPY APPEAL IN THIS ANNIVERSARY YEAR
On behalf of the county council, and mayors and chairmen of the borough and district councils throughout Suffolk, I write to urge everyone in Suffolk to support the 2014 Poppy Appeal of the Royal British Legion.
In this the centenary year of the start of World War One we are ever mindful of the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces. In addition, we remember those who served in World War Two and more recent conflicts. The debt we owe to the brave people who protect our country and its way of life is as real today as it ever was.
This year, the Royal British Legion welfare services have spent over £1.7 million a week on a variety of services, including helping a young widow through an inquest and ensuring that older veterans can stay independent in their own homes.
I ask everyone to show special generosity in supporting the work of the Royal British Legion whose services are so vital to the care and welfare of our dedicated service men and women and their families.
-- Christopher Hudson, Chairman, Suffolk County Council
‘MONITORING’ TREE IS WASTE OF MONEY
About a month ago I reported a small ash tree growing out of the humpback bridge near Flempton to Suffolk County Council.
This road that goes over the bridge is a main route for many villagers to get to Bury/Mildenhall. I thought it would be simple to get the bridge tidied up so that it remained safe and open. Not so. I have just received a phone message from the council that they sent a ‘bridge team’ out to inspect it and they decided to ‘monitor’ it. How crazy is that? Why not simply take a saw and trim it off while it is still small and keep the bridge safe – how much more taxpayers’ money is gong to be spent by a ‘team’ visiting it every so often to monitor it, while the roots keep growing that will eventually damage the bridge? It’s red tape gone mad.
-- Sue McGregor, via email
CANDIDATES ‘PARACHUTED IN’
I am astonished by the Conservative Party’s choice of short-listed candidates for the Parliamentary seat being vacated by David Ruffley.
I cannot see that any of these people are really suited to representing the people of Bury St Edmunds. Surely we need someone who has lived and worked in the area and got to know the issues that are important here across the whole spectrum of issues.
Whilst I may run the risk of being labelled sexist or racist, I suspect that ‘political correctness’ has had some bearing on the selection of these particular four out of a total pool of 90+ applicants.
I feel this selection will play into the hands of UKIP if that party selects an able candidate with local knowledge and connections, who the electorate believe will better represent their views than someone ‘parachuted in’.
-- Barry Denny, Little Whelnetham
RIVER LARK NEEDS SOME TLC
I read recently of an idea to extend the footpath that runs beside the River Lark on the north side of Bury St Edmunds further into the town. I read this with interest because this is my local river and I have walked beside it for a number of years . It seems the object is to raise the profile of the river and, believe you me, it needs all the help it can get. The poor old Lark has been in a terrible condition for a long time and could do with some TLC .
I have known the river for a number of years and have seen its decline .
The worst section is between Bury St Edmunds and Hengrave .
I am a member of the Bury Ramblers and we often walk this route as part of the St Edmunds Way long distance path .
So I await further developments with interest .
-- Ron West, Bury St Edmunds
WHAT DO THESE WORDS MEAN?
Am I alone in wondering what John Griffiths means by ‘a destination management organisation’ when writing about the Tourist Office? (Letters, October 24). Maps or signposts perhaps?
-- David Wedgwood, Cowlinge
CONGRATULATIONS ON HISTORY TRAIL
As a London resident, I am hugely spoiled by all my home city offers me at every turn ... but London is not everything as I was lucky enough to find out in Bury St Edmunds last weekend.
A fantastic Anything Goes on Friday night at your beautifully restored theatre, the Marriage of Figaro live from the Met at the comfy Picture House on Saturday, but best of all was the BSE Light and Sound. This was such an inspired way to mark this 800th anniversary of Magna Carta – it brought Bury to life completely. Seeing the mayor in his robes, being better informed by so many lovely volunteers and being blessed by the weather ... well, it doesn’t get much better.
Watch out London ... you have competition of a serious nature in Suffolk.
-- Charlotte Good, London
I FELT MOVED AND INSPIRED BY EVENT
Huge congratulations to the Magna Carta 800 Committee for their superb Our Liberty Magna Carta Light and Sound Trail.
The organisation was brilliant, the choice of buildings, quotes, music, lighting, art work were all of the highest standard.
Everyone I know who has followed the ‘Trail’ felt moved and inspired. The committee has done the town and its history proud and we in turn should be proud of their efforts.
-- Jo Ellen Grzyb, Bury St Edmunds
WHERE WAS THE ADVERTISING?
RE the Light and Sound Trail, where was the advertising for this one-off unique event? I noted it in my diary when the Magna Carta was in town earlier this year, and never saw another reference to it. All the people I have spoken to did not know of its existence, so I have been spreading the word. What a treat it was to walk through our lovely town with its stunning buildings lit up, light playing on the West Front and the cathedral and the high altar in the Abbey Gardens and music and words to accompany it all.
This has been partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the inhabitants of Bury deserved to see.
-- Sue Soper, Great Saxham
TREND IS HITTING TOWN’S VIABILITY
There’s been a lot of recent corresponence and debate regarding keeping the vibrancy of Bury St Edmunds and what makes the historic centre special.
I thought I’d write and relate my experience, having purposely travelled in by bus on a market day (Wednesday) to visit:
- The Citizens’ Advice Bureau – closed.
- The County Records Office – closed.
- The Bury Free Press office (to place an advert) – closed.
Given the council’s history of a policy of decentralisation, I would suggest this trend is now threatening the individual character of the town and its future viability, particularly on a market day.
-- Graeme Clark, Hopton