New concerns on Cattle Market scheme

By Lisa CleverdonA COUNCIL is to voice its concerns over a controversial plan for a multi-million-pound shopping development.Bury St Edmunds Town Council has given its backing to the redevelopment of the town's Cattle Market site, but it will now seek reassurances from the St Edmundsbury Borough Council on a number of matters.

By Lisa Cleverdon

A COUNCIL is to voice its concerns over a controversial plan for a multi-million-pound shopping development.

Bury St Edmunds Town Council has given its backing to the redevelopment of the town's Cattle Market site, but it will now seek reassurances from the St Edmundsbury Borough Council on a number of matters.

Top of the list of concerns aired by members at Wednesday's town council meeting was the lack of an adequate link between the current shopping centre and the new development.


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Council chairman, Frank Warby, said: “At the moment the plans appear to create a barrier between the two shopping areas, which we do not want to happen.

“Members are also worried that the town's infrastructure will not be able to cope with the extra volume of traffic created by the redevelopment.”

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Mr Warby added town councillors felt more extensive consultation should have taken place with the town's youth before the plan for the development had been drawn up.

The council's report will now be sent to St Edmundsbury Borough Council for consideration.

Mr Warby said: “We are 100% behind the development, but our concern is attention to detail and we just feel as though there are a few creases that need ironing out.”

The town council's comments are just the latest in a line of concerns to be voiced about the Cattle Market redevelopment, including fears about a planned reduction in the amount of car parking.

The East Anglian Daily Times has launched a poll giving its readers the chance to have their own say on Cattle Market scheme.

Special ballot coupons will be printed over the next few weeks and they can be left in boxes in:

n Court News, Glastonbury Road, Bury St Edmunds

n Eastgate Stores, Eastgate Street, Bury St Edmunds

n McColls, in the Hardwicke Centre on Hardwicke Lane, Bury St Edmunds.

Responses can also be handed in or posted to the EADT's offices in Woolhall Street, Bury St Edmunds, and the results of the ballot will be published later in the summer.

lisa.cleverdon@eadt.co.uk

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