July 22 2014 Latest news:
Saturday, March 8, 2014
More than 500 people cast their votes at a referendum held in Bungay last night, centred around the town’s controversial £440,000 town centre improvement scheme.
The poll asked residents two questions: 1) If they would have been against the scheme if they were properly consulted on the closure of St Mary’s Street and the new ‘shared space’ road format and (2) if Bungay Town Councillors who supported the scheme should resign immediately.
The votes have been counted and the results show that 189 people answered yes to question one, saying that they would have been against the scheme if they were consulted on the two above factors, however 363 people answered no to say they would still not have been against the scheme.
Meanwhile the results for question two show that 400 people voted no to say that Bungay Town Councillors should not resign immediately while 149 people voted yes to say they should.
The results of the parish poll are an expression of views and are not legally binding.
The referendum was called last month after members of the Bungay Road Action Group insisted that there had not been enough consultation on the scheme, which is ongoing, and that shopkeepers have been losing trade as a result of the road closures.
However Bungay mayor Judy Cloke said that councillors acted in good faith when they supported the scheme and made what they believed to be the right decision for the community and for the future of Bungay.
For the full story and reactions from both sides see Monday’s Eastern Daily Press.