Thursday, 6 September 2007
Thanks to a decision by the Development Control committee this morning (to reject the YMCA extension) two mature pear trees at the back of gardens around 43 Whiting Street will now not be felled.It is rather alarming to think that I had to call in this application from being delegated to an officer, and yet I think the vote in committee was unanimous!
Is SID on his way?
I have just been telephoned by Suffolk County Council to say that an assessor is to visit Southgate Street to determine whether there is a safe and appropriate place to leave SID (Speed Indication Device?) following my recent request. For the record, the job number is 753433!
Let's hope this space is worth watching.
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
Abbeygate Street new barriers
http://www.stedmundsbury.gov.uk/sebc/live/documents/reports/Y185%20Abbeygate%20Street%20Barriers.pdfI am delighted to report that the new style gates at the top of the street will be replacing the worn out temporary "road closed" sign. These will be more suited to the Bond Street of Suffolk than the Old Kent Road trappings of cones and temporary signs.Full report and pictures in the link above.
Saturday, 1 September 2007
B***er the begonias!
One of my electors (not the first) has been asking me about safety improvements for children crossing Westgate Street at the Bridewell Lane end. Those from the Southgate Street/Saxon Gate area walk up Maynewater Lane and have difficulty in crossing to reach the Guildhall Feoffment school. Their only safe alternative is to walk all the way to the Catholic church end and use the crossing there - and walk all the way back.
As David has said in my previous post, such improvements are always difficult to obtain, and in this case funding for a refuge has not been forthcoming from SCC this year.
That's not much use to my elector or other mums/dads, and after a few polite exchanges an email finished:
'We need to protect our children and provide a safe environment for them to get to school and back. I am not willing to see a middle class and mature population shape the future of Bury St Edmunds, to be honest Paul I do wish to say "bugger the begonias and look after the children of Bury".'
This was a reference to an earlier post of mine about floral improvements to the junction of Maynewater Lane and Southgate Street, which look even better now:
This gentle (and I think justifiable) chastisement led me to discuss the subject again with the officer concerned, and I hope there may be a way forward - albeit a long way.
Anyway, my elector (who is extremely pleasant) got my attention and action. It was a better ploy than calling me boastful (see BFP letters).
Thursday, 30 August 2007
Queens Head - the result
At this morning's hearing the application was amended substantially by the applicant - who was represented by my fellow councillor and serial blog commenter David Nettleton (right).
Instead of extending the closing time by 1hr 20mins the applicant requested an extension of just 30minutes on Sundays, Thursdays and weekends.
Despite this climb-down the application was still rejected by the sub-committee, who seemed to recognise my simple argument that:
1. There is inevitably outside noise and disturbance created when any pub closes
2. This is predominantly a residential area and the law upholds the rights of residents
3. Closure at 12.30 Fri/Sat would mean residents (woken at 5 by refuse collection) would have their opportunity of sleeping further reduced.
4. This constitutes a public nuisance under the 2003 Act
5. Therefore the sub-committee had no option but to reject the application.