We are grateful to our local Councillors, Jo Rayner and Andrew Speed, who have used part of their locality budgets to pay for new litter bins at the top of Churchgate Street and in Whiting Street by the College Lane junction. These bins replace some smaller ones which were in need of replacement.
Changes to brown bin collections and food waste disposal
All residents should have been sent a letter from the Borough Council regarding the changes to brown bin collections and food composting. The Council has sent us a list of frequently asked questions which you can access here GardenwasteFAQs.
The CAA distributed a detailed questionnaire on parking issues to every house and business in the area recently. Committee members worked hard to knock on doors and collect completed questionnaires, resulting in a 35% response, which is much higher than the expected level of response on similar surveys. The Committee has completed a summary report which has been sent to Suffolk County Council. The Council has now commenced a review of the Zone D residents parking scheme. You can read and download the CAA report here: Parking Survey report 2015.
The CAA has won the 2013 Best Residents’ Association award run by the Town Council. The award was presented to our Vice-Chairman, Vivien Gainsborough Foot, at the St Edmunds Day awards ceremony on November 20th. For details of our submission to the competition, see Best residents association submission.
CAA Response to Vision 2031 : Submission
Details follow on the detailed response that the CAA has made to the Vision 2031 plan for 30% increase in the size of Bury St Edmunds. All CAA members are being invited by email or direct letter through the door to support this submission.
The CAA has carried out a study “Reducing Car Usage in the Historic Town Centre”. St Edmundsbury Borough Council is urged to study the CAA recommendations and implement a comprehensive plan that will ensure that the town centre and mediaeval grid will not be adversely affected by the expansion of the town and will continually remain attractive areas in which to live, work, shop and relax.
Detailed Submission to CAA Study
Bury St. Edmunds Vision 2013: Reducing Car Usage in the Historic Town Centre
The Churchgate Area Association (CAA) has maintained a dialogue with Councillors and Planning Officers of St Edmundsbury Borough Council during the preparation of the Vision 2031 proposals and the preparation of the Local Plan submission documents. It has in particular informed the Borough Council of the preparation of its own report on “Bury St. Edmunds Vision 2013: Reducing Car Usage in the Historic Town Centre” (CAA, July 2013). It now presents a copy of the report for consideration in the Public Examination of the Local Plan submission documents.
CAA contends that the St Edmundsbury Local Plan submission documents are unsound because they have not been positively prepared and are not effective (as defined above). The absence of a full area wide transport study and infrastructure delivery plan means that the traffic and parking implications of the five proposed urban extensions for the town centre have not been incorporated. Without specific plans to deal with these issues, it is not clear that objectively assessed infrastructure requirements have been fully assessed and can be met, nor has it been demonstrated that the plan is deliverable over its lifetime (see Consultation Guidance Notes).
CAA welcomes the proposal to prepare an area wide transport study and further development of the present generalised infrastructure delivery plans. It also welcomes the intentions for Town Centre Streets and for the Town Centre and the proposed preparation of a Town Centre Masterplan. But these studies and proposed plans will not be available in time for the soundness of the Local Plan submission documents to be tested at the Local Examination or for local people to have confidence that the strategic development proposals in Vision 2031 can be delivered over time without adverse impact on the vitality of the town centre and the quality and safety of its special heritage environment.
CAA will be pleased to present an outline of its report on “Bury St. Edmunds Vision 2013: Reducing Car Usage in the Historic Town Centre” to the Public Examination and to work with Councillors and Officers of the Borough Council to develop proposals for transport provision in the town and for traffic management and car parking measures in the town centre. Without this, CAA believes that the core planning principles and particularly the provisions to ensure the vitality of town centres in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) cannot be achieved.
The recommendations in the CAA report have also been formally supported by the EWCA-Eastgate Ward Community Association and SAA –Southgate Area Association
Representation ID: 20912
Objective 3: To ensure that the necessary infrastructure required to meet the needs of new development is provided at the appropriate time
Representation ID: 20913
Section 7 Travel CAA proposes that paragraph 7.2 should include reference to an area wide transport study and a more specific infrastructure delivery plan to assess the transport implications of proposed major development in the town centre and to ensure the Local Plan is sound.
Representation ID: 20914
CAA proposes that paragraph 15.1 should include reference to prepare plans as part of the Local Plan for reducing car usage in the historic town centre to achieve aspirations 28 and 29 and to ensure the Local Plan is sound.
The NHS 111 service has now been rolled out in Bury St Edmunds and across Suffolk.
“NHS 111 is a new service that’s being introduced to make it easier to access local NHS healthcare services. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time.”
The EADT reported earlier this year why the 111 service may increase pressure on ambulances:-
‘Tracy Dowling, director of strategic commissioning, explaining that the 111 service will replace NHS Direct, said the service was for members of the public who require an urgent response but do not consider it an emergency. She added: “The call is taken by trained call handlers. They are not clinically qualified but they are trained to use NHS Pathway, which is a nationally accredited tool that takes them through the clinical triage process. NHS Pathway (the call-handling scripts) leads to more patients being categorised as requiring an ambulance, because it is a more risk-averse model in the way that it tends to be used.” ‘
Our study document on the traffic and parking impact on Bury’s historic core arising from the Borough Council’s Vision 2031 proposals to expand the town has been finalised. Copies have been presented to our local Councillors, traffic planning officers from the County Council and to both the Police Commissioner and Chief Constable of Suffolk.
The report has been circulated to a number of other associations in Bury for their comments and will form the basis for the CAA formal response to the Vision 2031 Final Document in August. A draft response is being developed in the next few weeks and will be available on the website in July.
Download the report:- .CAA study-Reducing car usage in the historic town centre