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Electric vehicle survey


The government are committed to ending the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030 and are encouraging car owners to switch to electric vehicles (EV). They are providing local authorities with funding to install EV infrastructure via the On-Street Residential ChargePoint Scheme and on 25th March 2022 announced Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) pilot funding. This funding is for a charging infrastructure project that ‘supports the transition to EV use in a local area, with a particular focus on provision for those without off-street parking.’

Currently there are no plans for on-street chargers in the Grid and the CAA committee are aware that many residents do not have properties which are suitable for EV home charging. It is not permitted to run wires across the pavement, so many residents would depend on the availability of on-street chargers if they wished to own an EV in the foreseeable future. We organised an email survey of our members in January 2022 to help assess the potential demand for on-street chargers in the Grid. We asked the following questions:

  1. Do you own an electric car or intend to get one by 2030?
  2. Is your home suitable for installation of an electric charger?
  3. Would the provision of on-street chargers influence your decision to buy an electric vehicle?

The results and comments from residents can be found here: EVchargingComments2022


Cumulative Impact Policy (Licensing)

The Council’s Cumulative Impact Policy for Licensing Applications

West Suffolk Council has been reviewing its Licensing Policy document and  consulted the public in the summer as to whether the area affected by the Policy should be amended. At a meeting in November 2020 the Council’s Cabinet voted to maintain the Policy area without change. See  for details.
Many thanks to all those residents who responded to the Council’s survey this time. Anyone applying for a new or revised premises licence in the central area of town will have to show how they will manage its impact on the local community.
An earlier CIP Consultation was held in 2014. We were very pleased with the response to that survey with 131 questionnaires completed in our area. Our campaign was successful and the Policy was approved by the Council on 30th June 2014. A copy of the 2014 survey results and our submission to the Council can be found at CIP survey results.

New litter bins

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.

litter bin 1 litter bin

CAA parking survey

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.

Vision 2031 consultation – full response

 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

Response references

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.


NHS 111 Service

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.” ‘

CAA Traffic Report-update

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