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Friday, December 20, 2013
Dog wardens, public toilets and activities for young people are among the ideas being bounced around by councillors aiming to improve their town.
Members of Bury Town Council made the suggestions for improving Bury St Edmunds during its meeting on Tuesday.
While councillors came up with an array of ideas, the council will also send out a flyer with this year’s council tax bill asking residents what services they want for their money.
Councillor Patricia Warby said: “I do know that lots of people are having trouble with dogs and dog waste, and I wonder if this would be a time to ask locally if it would be money well spent if we were to pay for some extra dog bins and a dog warden specifically for Bury .”
Councillors Robert Everitt and Cliff Hind passionately backed targeting the town’s young people.
Mr Hind said: “I want to know what the young in the town would like. I keep reading and hearing that the young of the town seem to have problems, and it would be nice to know how we could help that, could we resolve that?”
Council chairman Stefan Oliver made the case for more town centre toilets and areas for people to sit, adding: “There’s nowhere people can sit down.
“I’m sure if people were able to sit in the town centre, they would hang around for a bit longer.”
Patrick Chung called for a return of the town’s carnival, but councillor Paul Farmer was more reserved on the promises the council should make, saying: “It raises huge expectations and it’s something we don’t have the money for.”
At the same meeting, the council agreed to begin planning another summer fete in the Abbey Gardens around mid-August.
This year’s event, organised by the town council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council, was hailed a success, and the town council agreed to approach the borough to try to come to funding arrangements for a similar event this summer.
Mrs Warby said: “It really was a lovely day and I’m sure people would agree. They were saying this year we need more events like this.”
The full town council next meets at its offices in the Angel Hill at 7pm on Wednesday, January 29.