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Bury Free Press readers' letters to the editor

Planning issues dominated the mail bag this week, particularly the block of flats in Bury's Tayfen Road, with its outsized signage.


What has become of what was once a lovely historic town? There is far too much development going on in Bury and the town just hasn’t got the infrastructure for all this traffic.

The sign on the Tayfen Road flats (44249077)
The sign on the Tayfen Road flats (44249077)

What are these planners and developers thinking of? It’s all down to money and greed.

As for the hideous monstrosity of the flats in Tayfen Road, they are far too high and you can see the big white letters walking down Garland Street. We are not a city we are a town – stop trying to make what was once a small market town into something that is not.

I feel for the people living in Peckham Street with no daylight or privacy– it’s like looking out on to a multi-storey car park, which would have been far better than the eyesore of these flats.

Tracy Parker, via email


Firstly, I would comment that I have no problem with the new Station Hill development of flats but Tayfen Road, what a mistake. It looks again as though the council is trying to get as much money as it can from Council Tax without any regard and consideration for the town and the people living in the shadow of this massive block, how did it happen?

I was astounded right from the start how close this development is to the road, its size and particularly the height.Now, having seen ‘TAYFEN’ painted in large white letters, it looks like an out-of-place factory.

Bury is being spoilt by so much concentrated building in this area.The town has to move with the times but certainly not in the way the current planning committee is allowing it to happen. Would any of them like to live in the shadow of this building?

Moira Cogdell, Fornham St Martin


A gross mistake that the town, and its normally proud residents, will now have to look at in dismay and live with, regrettably, for years ahead. The near neighbours must be horrified. Hoping the other side of the road will be developed more appropriately and sympathetically.

Gillie Gomarsall, via email


We have the privilege to live in a beautiful historic country town. In this setting the Tayfen signage is totally inappropriate. Please preserve our dignity! We feel the new large development of flats in the Tayfen area already gives the impression of a city, rather than the market town we still are.

Peter and Caroline Tyrrell, via email


Whatever is the thinking behind this, it looks absolutely ridiculous like it’s on some industrial site in the north of England not in what used to be a lovely Suffolk town.

It’s looks cheap and is pointless.

Kevin O’Leary, via email


If you are concerned about the kinds of development being built or planned around our town, get involved.

There will be plenty of time to moan and blame ‘the planners’ after the town has been irrevocably changed. Cornhill Walk developmentis being decided at appeal on February 8 and you can listen to the arguments online. The plans for this were rejected by our council on the grounds of mass and scale but the developer has gone to appeal with unchanged plans.

We ask that you register to observe the proceedings. You can pre-register now and we recommend today to avoid last-minute congestion.To register to listen you should email the PINS case officer James Pocock asking for access to the appeal hearing for case ref. 3243763 Cornhill Walk.

The correct email is east1@planninginspectorate.gov.uk. You will receive a link back (allow 24 hours) so it is best to ensure you send the email from the device you are likely to access the hearing with.

Cornhill Walk may be one location, but its significance in turning the tide will impact all residents in our lovely town. For this reason we ask you and your family/friends to be there, virtually, to show support in numbers.

If you want to get in touch or ask for more information, contact the Well Street Association at contact@wsab.uk

If you want to read the background documents on the council’s planning portal, vist https://planning.westsuffolk.gov.uk/online-applications/use the link below and enter the reference DC/18/0382/FUL.

Here’s hoping for a good outcome next Monday!

Pauline Judge, Bury St Edmunds


Mike Brundle raises concerns about the shortage of residents’ parking zone bays in the town centre (Bury Free Press, January 29). I have been chipping away at a similar issue for far too long because, as the article highlights, there are more permits issued than spaces available.However, even when more spaces are identified, bringing them into use is an uphill battle.

Cannon Street, with low levels of vehicle movement, has two blocks of resident’s parking bays separated by a single yellow line, prohibiting parking between 10am and 4pm. For many years, residents parked on the line without creating any issues. So, given the shortage of parking bays, I set about getting it all legalised by removing the yellow line and even offering to fund any costs from my locality budget.

To say I have been met with intransigence would be understating the position, with Suffolk County Council finding objections that I do not believe apply. If they did, they would apply all the time. Then we have West Suffolk Council quoted as saying, ‘it isn’t a problem that can be easily fixed’. That certainly seems to be the case but I really don’t know why when the solution for Cannon Street is obvious. I therefore repeat what I have been asking both councils; please, remove this unnecessary yellow line and let the residents have a few more parking bays – that they’ve paid for.

Cllr Trevor Beckwith, Eastgate and Moreton Hall Division, Suffolk County Council


It goes without saying that the closure of Debenhams is a severe blow to all who worked there, and I extend my sympathy to them.

From a purely aesthetic point of view however, I hope that closure may present an opportunity to demolish this building, which I believe is totally out of context in our historic town centre, and replace it with something more appropriate and pleasing to the eye.

A design competition, with the express instruction that a replacement structure must reflect something of the character of Bury, would be a good start. A multi-function building with space for small independent retailers surrounding an indoor open area on the ground floor, where people can meet and sit without an obligation to buy something, would be attractive. Music and dance studios of different dimensions on upper floors, which could also lend themselves to a variety of uses, such as intimate concerts, music, craft and small club spaces at economical rates would also be a considerable asset.

Charles Hamel-Cooke, via email


I support the suggestion to turn the store, at least partly, into a community building.

I used to work at The Apex and we always had to throw out a group of teenagers. Sadly there is nowhere else to go for them.

Also a facility for parents with young children would be nice, with a secure area for them to play.

Silke David, via email


Your article last week praising the services of the entire team at Ixworth Surgery is thoroughly deserved.

I attended last Saturday for my Covid jab and it was carried out with production line precision and with highly personalised care.

Ron Simpson, Walsham le Willows


Withreference to the vaccinations for Covid, I must praise all the staff at Swan Surgery as everything was planned and administered very professionally – all the staff were so helpful and happy and couldn’t do enough to help all the patients. Well done to all NHS staff and helpers – keep safe please.



Justifying the felling of mature walnut trees, a Mid Suffolk spokeswoman says they had to be removed to avoid having to cut them back during the summer months, which would have endangered nesting birds.

Do birds nest at a different time of year in Stowmarket? And is summer the best time for pruning trees if they did? This sounds like a spurious argument, a fig leaf for the fact that the council wants to save money on tree maintenance by just getting rid of them. Mature trees are life enhancing and a vital defence against climate change. Councils should be protecting, not destroying them.

Gayle Wade, Bury St Edmunds


I watched the last of the excellent Perfect Planet series on Sunday evening. What will we do when Sir David is no longer?

It has certainly sharpened up my awareness of what we are doing to our wonderful ‘home’. It was alarming to hear that our children’s’ children will be living in a hostile world if we do not pay heed to all the warnings. Global warming is a very real serious threat, to human and animals alike. We can all play a small part by reducing CO2 emissions – buses and coaches turning off their engines when stationary, and we as individuals by not sitting in our cars with the engine running when stationary. A week ago when leaving M&S at 5pm on a Friday evening, five cars were parked in a row, gentlemen at the wheel – partners apparently in the store food shopping, all with their engines running, plus two vehicles outside Boots doing exactly the same.

Time for us all to heed ‘the wake up call’ before it really is too late.

Susan Daniels, via email


I would like to praise the Passenger Transport Team at Suffolk County Council. I sent an email on 28/01/2021 to report the awful state of the bus shelter opposite Asda in Western Way.It was extremely dirty and full of litter where people shoved their rubbish behind the struts inside it.

Today, 01/02/2021, the bus shelter was cleaned of litter and given a good wash. Absolutely brilliant service.

Let’s just hope the users of that stop now feel encouraged enough by this to take their litter home!

Gloria Meen, Bury St Edmunds