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The Apex - new public venue in Bury St Edmunds The new multi-purpose public venue now being built in the heart of Bury St Edmunds will be called The Apex. The name reflects the high points both of the structure itself and our cultural aspirations for the future. The exciting new multi-purpose venue will be bringing a buzz to the heart of Bury St Edmunds in 2010 - and soon it will start to make its name known throughout the region.

The Apex under construction

The Apex will host a wide variety of events such as concerts, performances, exhibitions, wedding receptions (and they are looking to get licensed so they can have marriages and partnership registrations), dinners, dances, conferences, seminars, markets and dance classes.

The modern multi-purpose auditorium with its two balconies and full backstage support facilities will be fully accessible and have a state-of-the art floor and seating system. This means it will be flexible enough to cater for a multitude of functions, including: z z z z

500 people seated theatre style for performances and seminars; 700 standing for concert performances; up to 350 for dinner dances and wedding receptions; and various combinations of conferencing set-ups.

In addition to the auditorium there will also be three smaller rooms that can be hired individually or as syndicate rooms. There's also a large range of equipment and services on offer so whether it's a small business meeting or large conference the venue will be able to cater for your individual needs. Various events will take place during summer 2010 in The Apex as it is brought up to full operational capacity and you can also now place bookings for external events in next year's autumn calendar (from September 2010).

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Local Matters - views from our MP and Local Councillor David Ruffley MP

I believe that local people know what is best for their community. The Council's consultation is open until 7 October Proposals for development growth and I would urge residents or local groups with concerns to submit their representations. The consultation document and Development affects everybody, whether it response form can be accessed at: is on your doorstep or where you shop, work The document can also be or spend your leisure time. Carefully viewed at council offices and local libraries. planned development can bring many David Ruffley MP advantages and have a positive effect on the local economy and the vibrancy of the Local Development Framework consultation area. But we need to get it right.


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Bury St Edmunds has been designated a key centre for development and change. Who says? Our masters at Westminster of course, who have decreed that the St Edmundsbury should take more and more housing and as always, when central government says jump, local government jumps.

In every area of significant development we must be sure to get guarantees that the infrastructure will be in place when the houses are built - and that means roads, public transport, schools, doctors' surgeries, shops, employment and leisure facilities. We must not allow developers to drag their heels on these vital community services.

The local media have reported that the Local Development Framework consultation is upon us. So what and who cares, is probably the first thoughts of most but I hope that enough people pick up on the implications and respond. It's not just about how much housing and where it should go but that's the element most likely to get people's interest.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council has published its preferred areas for strategic growth in and around Bury St Edmunds in the period up to 2031 and is currently consulting on the final draft of its Core Strategy which will guide future growth in St Edmundsbury in that period and become part of the Local Development Framework.

We must also be sure to maintain the identity and integrity of Among all the jargon and gobbledegook, it seems that the villages surrounding Bury St Edmunds by providing a sufficient- borough is required to build about 550 dwellings per annum ly wide buffer zone between developments. For example, the until 2031. Some accuse me of trying to prevent much Mildenhall Road/Tut Hill area identified for development is needed housing. That simply isn't true but I'll fight this causing concern to my constituents in Fornham All Saints who because, yet again, the east of the town is targeted with are concerned that the development will be too close to their another 500 proposed for Moreton Hall and further down the village. line, over 1200 for Compiegne Way. They have conveniently forgotten that despite taking its full allocation over a period of 30 years, Moreton Hall recently got lumbered with another 270 plus houses made possible by the urban cramming so favoured by those charged with our governance. They say the house building won't happen until the link road to the Rookery crossroads is built but that certainly won't alleviate the traffic problems in trying to access the town or the A14 westbound. All this on top of the schools reorganisation where the planning guidance that housing should only be built where adequate schooling is available is conveniently forgotten. They don't know where the reorganised schools will be so this is folly upon folly. Ask the parents who can't get their children into their preferred school what they think.

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There are viable alternatives but they just go for the soft option, disregarding existing communities, aided and abetted by an administration that supports the proposals en bloc. When people buy houses, they have reasonable expectation of what the future holds for their chosen area and that expectation is worth defending. I hope enough of those I represent are angry enough to respond to the "consultation." because decisions made in the next few months could blight whole areas in the years to come. There will be of a few "drop-in" sessions around the town where the planners will be available but they won't be holding any public meetings. Now, there's a surprise.

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As a postscript, I have just read that government has cut the funding for supporting infrastructure by ÂŁ800,000. Says it all really doesn't it?

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Editor’s Note - Local Matters Comments from the Editor, Richard Livall Welcome to the September Edition of the Flyer which continues to go from strength to strength.

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One area that I am seeking to develop is to include more local sports and community news features. In particular I would like to encourage more organisations, societies and clubs from the voluntary, amenity, sports and leisure sectors to submit their editorials to me for inclusion in the magazine.

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Cllr Paul Farmer -

Empty Shops or Changing Spaces?

On a recent visit to the Thames-side town of Marlow I was struck by a number of empty shops in the High Street, including a completely boarded-up public house. On previous visits the pub has seemed to be doing well, especially when I was in the town for the Rugby world cup - coincidentally! Yet I have always thought of this small town as one of England's better-off areas, situated on the border of Berks and

Bucks, only 30 miles from London and in a prime commuting area. Cllr Paul Farmer By another coincidence, whilst in Marlow I was reading an article on the potential general demise of the market town. Apparently one in five Britons live in our 1,600 market towns and large villages, which are now suffering badly because of the credit crunch. There have recently been a raft of reports on their plight, with the British Retail Consortium claiming that an average of 12% of shops are now vacant, three more times than last autumn. The group claim that many of these communities are "close to tipping point" from which they will never recover as viable commercial centres. The same newspaper carried a focus on Henley, home to the Royal Regatta and the Pimms crowd that it attracts every year. Like Marlow you might think of this as a better-off town, and yet the article claimed that it has no fewer than 25 empty shops - nearly double it had last year.




By any measure Bury St Edmunds is doing better than average, even though some prophets of doom would like us to think otherwise. The scene is of course always changing, and for independent shops there will always be some that fail and others which thrive. Yes, we have some empty shop-fronts in the town centre, but these are changing as new businesses emerge. Where there are currently gaps, many of these premises already have interested parties waiting in the wings or are subject to current offers. Only today I was inspecting a large empty premises in Abbeygate Street with a very seriously interested party. It's easy to be complacent about our own town. The early beneficial effect of the arc development has still to pass the test of time, but even the most pessimistic among us can surely bask in the current success.

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Community News / Local Motoring News Go ahead for major refurbishment to Bury St Edmunds Library

ing and reference service. I do hope many, many people in Bury will now join in to help us get the best design and services in this building for years to come."

Suffolk County Council have approved capital funding for a major refurbishment to Bury St Edmunds Library. The library was built in the early 1980s and is very popular, attracting over 500,000 visitors a year. The refurbishment work will create an attractive, efficient modern library, a Children's Centre and a LEAP (Learning Employment and Access) Centre to help people find the best training and learning, as well as a much improved coffee shop. The Children's Centre and LEAP Centre will be brand new services for the town centre.

We plan for contractors to be on site in early November 2009, and for the newly refurbished library to be re-opened early in 2011. Anyone interested in the refurbishment project is invited to get involved in influencing the design and the services to be offered by taking part in the public consultation that starts in a few weeks time.

Councillor Rosie Clarke, Portfolio Holder for Sport, Culture, Diversity, Health and Wellbeing, said: "I am so pleased that we have been able to prioritise the investment for this muchneeded modernisation and improvement of the well-used library in Bury. This is such a good scheme, because not only do we bring the library building up to date and looking good, but we can also get a LEAP centre and Childrens Centre right in the town. Young Children should get the very best start in life, not least by getting into the habit of coming to the Library, and older children and indeed people of any age can benefit their lives enormously through all the skills and qualifications you can get through the LEAP centre. Libraries offer so much more now than just an excellent book borrow-

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Accountancy Matters This month tax and accountancy specialist Devindra Mitchell takes a look at the changes in the Capital allowances regime that has led to many questions being asked by TaxAssist clients. An example follows: Q: I run a small engineering company, and am looking to purchase some new items of machinery. I understand that assets purchased qualify for Capital Allowances, but can you give me some indication of the likely relief I will obtain on these items? A: The government made significant revisions to the capital allowance regime from April 2008 for both incorporated and unincorporated business. As you haven't detailed exactly what you are purchasing, I have summarised the current allowances available. All businesses can claim an Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) for expenditure of up to ÂŁ50,000. This has replaced the 40% and 50% first-year allowances which were available to small and medium-sized businesses before April 2008. Expenditure on plant and machinery that exceeds this level will receive allowances at 20% per annum. However, as a temporary measure in the 2009 budget, the chancellor introduced a 40% first year allowance for expenditure on general plant and machinery. If the items you are purchasing are categorised as "Integral features" of a building, then they attract a 10% "special rate" of allowances. Assets included here are electrical systems (including lighting systems), cold water systems or water heating systems. Alternatively, the items may qualify under a scheme introduced in April 2001, whereby allowances of 100% will be available. Businesses investing in designated energy-saving and water-efficient technologies can reclaim 100% Capital allowances on the expenditure incurred. To see if the items concerned qualify for the increased allowance and for further information on the scheme, visit and click on "water". Each year the government adds further items to this list in their annual budget update. TaxAssist Accountants will be able to advise on this further.

Financial Issues Saving Suffolk Pubs With an estimated five pubs closing every day in the UK, Suffolk County Council is offering a lifeline to struggling owners, licensees and villages wishing to save their 'local'. Rural pubs are a vital part of communities and they play a pivotal role in the British way of life. Concerned about their survival, Prince Charles launched The Pub is the Hub Scheme back in 2001. As a result, there are now hundreds of pubs taking part in the scheme across the country. The services they offer range from a post office and shop, to a school meals service. Since 2007, at least 27 pubs in Suffolk have now closed leaving a number of areas in the county without a central meeting place and focal point for the local community. In order to 'buck this trend', Suffolk County Council now works closely with Pub is the Hub to provide a much needed cash injection from the Rural Economy Scheme for supporting rural pubs considering diversifying and developing their business further. A criterion for approval of funding relies on evidence of local need for the proposed service as well as helping to secure the future of the pub. Under the scheme, once agreement to support the proposal has been reached, capital grants of up to 50% of the total eligible project costs are available, to a maximum of ÂŁ5,000. Also, licensees interested in this opportunity can benefit from the services of a specialist advisor who will help them through the application process.

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The Academy Health and Fitness Centre Our GPs giving care and satisfaction GPs in Suffolk are offering the best overall satisfaction for patients in the east of England region, according to a recent survey. The annual GP Patient Survey saw NHS Suffolk's GPs earn a huge 94 per cent score for patient satisfaction, and a further 78 per cent score when patients were asked how easy it was to get an appointment with their GP. Among the questions in the survey, patients were asked to give their views on:

z Ease of getting through on the phone z Frequency of seeing preferred doctor z Able to see a doctor fairly quickly in the past six months These results mean that Suffolk scores in the country's top 15 per cent of primary care trusts for GP care - placing NHS Suffolk as number 20 out of a possible 152 PCTs countrywide. Melanie Craig, deputy director of performance at NHS Suffolk, said: "Last year we conducted some in-depth work to improve services for patients, and it's great to see that our practices have worked hard to put this work into action and make a direct improvement for patients. "For example, many of our practices now offer easier ways for patients to book appointments - by phone or online - and are also opening for longer hours, so that people can make appointments at times that better suit them."


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Health News If you'd like to know more about which GP surgeries in the NHS Suffolk region are offering longer opening hours - take a look at the NHS Suffolk service locator online now at: Alternatively, please contact PALS, the Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 0800 389 6819.

1000 Suffolk young people getting Fit4Future An innovative pilot-scheme in the west of the county has successfully motivated 1000 young people aged 16-22 to change their lifestyles. 'Fit4Future' is giving participants a real opportunity to get fit and be active by having heavily subsidised gym and leisure centre memberships from just ÂŁ5 a month. The scheme launched, in April 2009 in conjunction with the Fitness Industry Association, was designed to address the worrying level of 'drop-off' in sport and physical activity amongst 16-22 year olds, by reducing one of the barriers to membership in cost. Cllr Rosemary Clarke, Portfolio Holder for Sport, Culture, Diversity, Health and Wellbeing for Suffolk County Council, said: "The response to the recruitment campaign has been fantastic and has demonstrated a real desire by young people across the west of the county to engage in physical activity. This initiative will hopefully have a lasting impact on the health of these young people and make a valuable contribution to making Suffolk the Healthiest County by 2028." Website:

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Suffolk Pet Crematorium

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Pot Black - a most welcoming venue

cards and darts or may be just drink a pint of beer whilst watching live sport in the new air-conditioned bar.

Some 80% of the tables have now been refurbished with new cloths, rests and balls. The Pot Black Sports Bar & Snooker Club was established in 1983 and has recently undergone a major refurbishment. The DAY MEMBERSHIP: Although club hosts a number of national, county & local Snooker, Pool Pot Black is a members club everyone is welcome as & Darts events. there is a day membership The Club has recently been taken over by AG Leisure Ltd and available. You are invited is managed by current European Billiards Champion, Phil to join as a day member Mumford. with an entry fee of just £2.00 or take advantage of Fancy a game of pool? the special offer below. Pot Black was re-launched back in January with an appearance from the legendary Jimmy White which was an absolute sell-out proving that snooker is very much alive in Bury St Edmunds.

Lake of Remembrance The Suffolk Pet Crematorium is situated on an isolated working farm at Great Saxham, near Bury St Edmunds in the heart of rural Suffolk. Bill Phizacklea, primarily a farmer and his wife Margaret, a practicing vet, opened the crematorium in 1999 after realising there was nowhere locally offering this service. As the owner of many family pets Bill knows how upsetting it can be to lose an animal. For this reason he is keen to offer his services directly to pet owners making the cremation more personal and tailored to individual needs. The Suffolk Pet Crematorium is able to cremate all pets both large and small, from hamsters to horses. They specialise in individual cremations and pet owners are able to watch the procedure should they desire. Communal cremations are also undertaken. Losing a pet is a very emotional time and anyone who is expecting to lose a pet is welcome to contact Bill in advance so that when the time comes you have all the information you need, allowing you to handle the proceedings sympathetically. This gives the owner time to grieve without having to discuss the details of the cremation. Suffolk Pet Crematorium deals with both veterinary surgeons and with the public direct, so if you have any worries while your pet is at the Bill Phizacklea with his pets local surgery, please do not hesitate to ask Bill about the options available. A collection service is available for your pet whether it is from your home or local veterinary surgery. The ashes are returned after the Cremation. At the Suffolk Pet Crematorium pets are cremated individually so you can be sure that your pet has been treated with the utmost care and respect. A typical concern by the pet owner is that they receive the genuine ashes of their pet and as members of the Association of Private Pet Cemeteries and Crematoria (APPCC) the Crematorium guarantee that that the highest professional standards are always achieved.


The ashes can be presented in an oak casket with a brass nameplate. Alternatively they can be returned in a tasteful, biodegradable scatter box for you to scatter the ashes in a treasured place. There is a Lake of Remembrance at the Suffolk Pet Crematorium, with its rippling waters and beautiful residential black swans who chose to make their home on the lake and have been with Bill for over 15 years. Black Swans, residents of the The lake is in a very peaceful location and Lake of Remembrance one of outstanding natural beauty. It makes the ideal spot to scatter your pets ashes if you so wish or to reflect and remember your beloved pets. The Suffolk Pet Crematorium is association approved and is inspected by the Environment Agency and Defra annually. Open Day - Sunday 20th September Bill Phizacklea extends a warm welcome to members of the public to visit the Pet Crematorium on the Open Day that will be held at Lower Farm, Great Saxham on Sunday 20th September between 10.00am and 4.00pm. Visitors will receive a guided tour of the Crematorium and Lake of Remembrance.

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Andy Goodridge, Managing Director, states with enthusiasm: "I am pleased to date with the progress at Pot Black and hope that people like the changes that have been made. Conditions have greatly improved and a most welcoming

FUNCTION ROOM: One of the changes at Pot Black is the inclusion of a Function Room that is available 7 days a week for hire for corporate functions, training and meetings, wedding receptions, birthday parties, anniversaries and children's daytime parties. The venue can seat up to 96 people and catering is available. Please contact the Manager on 01284 704 213 for details. SNOOKER COACHING: Junior coaching by an expert coach is now available Saturday mornings from 11.00am to noon. OPENING TIMES: 11.00am until 11.00pm five days a week and 11.00am until midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

venue has been established." REFURBISHMENT: The Bar area has been completely refurbished with new carpets, ceilings, lighting and fittings. The Club now represents an inviting place to play snooker, pool,

“Here at the Suffolk Pet Crematorium we pride ourselves on the sensitivity and the dignifying way that our friends are taken to their final resting place. We provide a discrete collection service from either the veterinary practice or your home.”

Suffolk Pet Crematorium Lower Farm, Great Saxham, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5JT Tel: 01284 810 981 or 0870 7424492 Fax: 01284 811709 Email: Website:

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