PUBLISHED: 19:21 13 January 2019 | UPDATED: 19:24 13 January 2019 Mariam Ghaemi The Arc surface car park, which is managed by St Edmundsbury Borough Council Picture: MARIAM GHAEMI Archant Full ‘pay on exit’ parking facilities in Bury St Edmunds are off the agenda currently due to concerns over traffic congestion. Bury BID chief executive Mark Cordell in the Arc shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds Picture: OUR BURY ST EDMUNDSAllowing shoppers and workers to pay at the end of their stay in town centre car parks has been a long-running campaign of the Business Improvement District group, Ourburystedmunds.But a report by officers of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, which manages the car parks, said issues of occupancy at peak times “undoubtedly limits our ability to deliver a pay on exit payment facility”.The report, to the overview and scrutiny committee, also said plans for a new car park “will not be progressed at the current … [Read more...] about Pay on exit parking in Bury St Edmunds could ‘risk significant congestion’ at peak times
PUBLISHED: 05:16 20 November 2018 Mariam Ghaemi St Edmundsbury Borough Council is getting less money from its car parks in Bury St Edmunds town centre. Pictured is the Arc surface car park Picture: MARIAM GHAEMI MARIAM GHAEMI A £400,000 fall in car parking revenue in Bury St Edmunds shows the need for government to provide greater support to town centres, a business leader has said. Mark Cordell, outside the former Palmers fashion store in the Buttermarket, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: GREGG BROWNThe new figures, provided under Freedom of Information laws, show car parking income dropped from £3,940,527.76 in 2016/17 to £3,519,069.84 the following year.The historic market town consistently bucks the national trend for the decline of the high street, with the town also enjoying a record-breaking year for tourism in 2017 as the number of trips to Bury grew by 11.4% to 829,000.However the decline in parking revenue mirrors a decrease in town … [Read more...] about Cash from town centre car parking falls by £400,000 in a year
Video PUBLISHED: 20:18 15 November 2018 | UPDATED: 21:48 15 November 2018 Mariam Ghaemi Hundreds of people got into the festive spirit for the Christmas lights switch on Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant Stunning decorations and a snow machine delighted the community as the Christmas lights in Bury St Edmunds sparkled for the first time this year. This year specialist breast cancer surgeon Dr Liz O’Riordan did the honours of switching them on, marking the start of the festive period in the town.She described the atmosphere as “amazing,” adding that it was “great to see the community out and about”.Christmas has arrived in Bury St Edmunds Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN“The town was absolutely packed,” Dr O’Riordan said. “The lights look stunning – I think they are better than ever.”Organised by the business improvement group Ourburystedmunds, the Christmas extravaganza featured a … [Read more...] about ‘The town was absolutely packed’ – Bury St Edmunds sparkles with Christmas lights
PUBLISHED: 11:51 22 August 2018 Russell Cook Research branding Bury St Edmunds as the UK hot spot for thefts and robberies near ATMs has been called "laughable". Picture: Mariam Ghaemi Mariam Ghaemi The surprising claim that Bury St Edmunds could be the most dangerous place in the UK to withdraw cash has been slammed. Bury BID chief executive Mark Cordell. Picture: OUR BURY ST EDMUNDSThe town came out top in terms of the number of thefts and robberies near ATMs relative to population figures, with one in every 415 residents suffering at the hands of thieves in the last decade, according to research by MoneySuperMarket.However, Suffolk police said it appeared the request for information regarding ATM thefts was misinterpreted.They said: “It would appear the request for information we received from MoneySuperMarket regarding ATM thefts was misinterpreted and as a consequence we believe the figures which were sent out in reply are incorrect.“We … [Read more...] about Could Bury St Edmunds be the UK hot spot for ATM crime?
New PUBLISHED: 19:00 10 August 2018 Mariam Ghaemi Ian Dalrymple. company director (pictured far right), outside Intersport when it used to be in Whiting Street, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: contributed Contributed A business leader has expressed his frustration following the exit of another business from Bury St Edmunds town centre. Laura Ashley in Bury St Edmunds is closing down. Picture: ARCHANTMark Cordell, chief executive of Ourburystedmunds, the Business Improvement District (BID) group, was speaking following the relocation of Intersport, which had been based in Whiting Street for a number of years, to Chamberlayne Road on Moreton Hall.This comes after news of Laura Ashley’s plans to shut up shop after more than 30 years in the town.Chancellor Philip Hammond has said in an interview today that he is considering introducing a so-called “Amazon tax” for online businesses to try to rescue struggling retailers, and also warned the … [Read more...] about Intersport quits Bury St Edmunds town centre