Your town, your say – help shape the future of the town centre
06 Mar 2017
If you haven’t already taken part in the Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Masterplan public engagement, there are still plenty of opportunities over the next few weeks.
This week sees the start of a series of public events where you can come along, find out more and have your say on the issues and options being discussed as part of the work toward the preparation of a draft masterplan.
On Wednesday we will be on Bury St Edmunds market from 8am to 3pm, Thursday at Tesco at St Saviours Interchange from 10am to 5pm and Friday at Asda from 10am to 5pm.
Can’t make our daytime events? Come along to The Apex this Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm.
Can’t make weekdays – come to our market stall on Saturday 8 April from 8am to 3pm.
You can also see us at:
- 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
The Moreton Hall Residents Association is also hosting a public meeting on 10 April from 7pm at the Moreton Hall Community Centre where residents and businesses can come along and have their say on the issues and options report.
Public displays and hard copies of the consultation documents available at:
- West Suffolk House
- The Apex
- Bury St Edmunds Library
- West Suffolk College
- Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre
Of course the easiest way to take part in the consultation is from the comfort of your own home. Simply visit www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/bsemasterplan
Mark Cordell, is chief executive of OurBuryStEdmunds Business Improvement District, one of the organisations working with St Edmundsbury Borough Council on the Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Masterplan Working Group. He said: “St Edmundsbury drove forward plans for the arc, The Apex and the Business Improvement District itself which have all contributed to Bury’s success, while the forthcoming Destination Management Organisation is designed to make the most of Bury St Edmunds as a tourist destination throughout the year. With all that success come other challenges such as parking, roads, accessibility and other issues, which is why I would urge everyone to have their say during this public participation exercise.”
Simon Burton, vice chairman of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Bury St Edmunds, which is also on the working group said: “Suffolk Chamber is delighted to be involved in this initiative. It is the key vehicle for ensuring that the town has the capacity to cater for the projected growth in population for both Bury St Edmunds and the area around it , that the infrastructure is right and that our businesses community can continue to grow. This is about planning for the future so that growth works for people and the success of the town.”
Darren Old, from the Bury St Edmunds market traders said: “The strength of the market as an attraction to shoppers coming into the town has been recognised. We want everybody, whether they are a resident, a town centre worker, a shopper, student or visitor to take part in this and help shape the future of the town centre.”
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.