Bury St Edmunds needs you

20 Feb 2017

Market Cross, Bury St Edmunds town centre

Are you a Bury St Edmunds resident, town centre worker, shopper or visitor? If so then for the next eight weeks, we need you.

The Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Masterplan is a project to shape the future of the town centre so that it works for people. It is not just about ensuring that it continues to attract shoppers and visitors for decades to come, but also that it is accessible, and a place where people can live and work happily. That includes looking at how the town continues to cope with growth and other future pressures such as technological changes, and responds sensitively to a larger number of people and cars.

A huge part of the town centre masterplan will be to look at those elements of the town centre that don’t really work, are perhaps a bit grotty or disconnected ­- and that is where the public can play a big part.

Over the next eight weeks until 21 April, we will be running a public engagement campaign to get your views on what the issues and options are for Bury St Edmunds Town Centre. Once we have fully understood the issues and options that are most important to everyone who uses the town centre, we can then move forward and draw up a masterplan that can address them. That will form the next stage of the project and further consultation.

We will be holding events in and around the town centre, where you can have your say, and we will also be providing information about the consultation to residents associations, business organisations, groups representing people with disabilities and additional needs, schools, colleges, faith groups, interest groups and more – all encouraging them to spread the word and invite everyone to have their say.

Cllr Alaric Pugh said: “Bury St Edmunds town centre is one of the best retail, leisure and cultural centres in the region but it is not without its faults. This is about shaping the future of the town centre and what better way to do so than by asking the people who live, work, shop or visit there. Bury St Edmunds needs you.”

Events confirmed so far are:

  • 8 March, 8am to 3pm at Bury St Edmunds market - Due to damage to our gazebo on the Bury St Edmunds market, we have relocated our Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Masterplan stall to the foyer of The Apex
  • 8 March, 6pm to 8pm at The Apex
  • 9 March, 10am to 5pm at Tesco St Saviours Interchange, Bury St Edmunds
  • 17 March, 10am to 5pm at Sainsbury's, Bedingfeld Way, Bury St Edmunds    
  • 24 March, 10am to 5pm at Waitrose, Robert Boby Way, Bury St Edmunds    
  • 7 April, 10am to 5pm at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre
  • 8 April, 8am to 3pm at Bury St Edmunds market

Other events are in the pipeline – more information will be posted throughout the consultation at www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/bsemasterplan on Twitter @StEdsBC and on the Facebook page /StEdmundsburynews.

Twitter users – can also Tweet a selfie when they have had their say using the hashtag #bsemasterplan

The documents will be available online at www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/bsemasterplan

Hard copies will also be available at:

  • West Suffolk House
  • The Apex
  • Bury St Edmunds Library
  • West Suffolk College
  • Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre

Information leaflets will be available at:

  • The Athenaeum
  • The Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Risbygate Street
  • Skyliner Leisure Centre
  • Moyse’s Hall Museum
  • St Edmundsbury Cathedral tourist information point

The Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Masterplan is supported by a working group comprising representatives of OurBuryStEdmunds Business Improvement District, the Suffolk Chamber in Bury St Edmunds, Bury St Edmunds market traders, The Bury Society, the Bury St Edmunds Town Trust, Bury St Edmunds Town Council, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council, working alongside urban design and town planning specialists David Lock Associates and Peter Brett Associates.

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