December 13 2013 Latest news:
Monday, June 4, 2012
A GATE for pedestrians going through a cemetery has been automated - thanks to cash Bury St Edmunds Town Council and the sun.
The two vehicle access gates to the Bury cemetery were automated earlier this year, as part of cost savings - but funding did not stretch to automating the pedestrian access gate in Hospital Road. Visitors had to use nearby alternative gates after 4.30pm, when the Hospital Road gate was locked.
The situation led to complaints and town councillors have now stepped in to fund a solar powered for the gate, which will now open and close at the same time as the other gates, at 8am in the morning and 7pm in the evening.
Bob Cockle, town council chairman, said: “Bury St Edmunds Cemetery has a very special place in the town’s life and is beautifully managed and maintained.
“We are pleased that we have been able to help any visitors who may have been worrying about using the gate.”
Suzanne MacDonald, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s cemeteries manager, said: “It is extremely kind and generous of the town council to support St Edmundsbury in this project and has strengthened the already strong ties the two council share.
“I would personally like to thank Mr Cockle and David Nettleton for being so pro-active in their support.”