CONCERNED homeowners are set to meet with Co-op bosses over their proposals to open a funeral parlour in a busy residential street.

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A petition has already been launched by people living in Bramford Road objecting to the plans, which will see the Co-op open the parlour in 295 Bramford Road.

There are also proposals for a new access ramp and steps, a boundary fence and creation of vehicle access from Riverside Road.

Daniel Bambrough, 34, one of the residents against the change, said: “This is a very emotive issue. People, I’m sure, would not want to be reminded daily of their mortality when coming home after a hard day’s work when they turn into Riverside Road.”

In a letter to the Co-op, Carole Jones, borough councillor for Westgate ward, added: “This is a use the community are adamant they do not want. We support residents 100 per cent on this matter.”

The Co-op has confirmed they will meet with residents over the proposals.

Amanda Long, executive officer for membership, marketing and media for the East of England Co-operative Society, said: “We are meeting with local residents on Bramford Road to listen to and better understand their concerns about our proposed funeral branch.” A date for the meeting has yet to be set.

12 comments

  • Honestly I really cannot see how this is news. I actually live 2 doors down from a funeral parlour and it really doesnt bother me or cause me any problems. People need to get a grip and realise that funeral parlours are a fact of life and they have to be somewhere - this is just a case of not on my doorstep!

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    mrssmith

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Think another petition should be set up to approve the proposal, also Carole Jones uses the term, 'We' is she speaking on behalf of the entire Council? Maybe we should stop the adverts about funeral plans, and then the ones for life insurance, absoloute joke and another non story but nothing happens in this area so lets write something any way story by the Star!

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    chris dea

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • hi i'm Daniel who contacted the star. i would like to start by saying that the emotion issue was addressed in my representation to the council as a general feeling after my petition. there are several other concerns i raised to the council over this proposal . The parking issue from which funeral corteges leaving river side . The fans that will run 247 for cold storage and the possible devaluation of peoples houses . The main issue i have is that neither the council or the CO-OP had any obligation to inform residents of thier plans and were going to just sneak in the property when they already had the perfect platform to tell people in this paper and chose not to, instead just saying the CO-OP had purchased the property of 295 Bramford Road ,leading people to believe it might be a food store.

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    djbambra

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I wish my neighbours were that quiet.

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    Stuart Barnes

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I wonder if maybe I can get some sort of compensation for being made to think of mortality every time I go down Felixstowe Road and pass the undertaker's there? I hadn't realised how traumatic the experience must have been for me.

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    beerlover

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I'm all for residents fighting against serious isores and unpleasent business's opening up in their locality but this..... “This is a very emotive issue. People, I’m sure, would not want to be reminded daily of their mortality when coming home after a hard day’s work when they turn into Riverside Road.” .....Has to be the most flimsy reason I've ever heard in my life!!!!

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    Brad26

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I remember receiving a letter about this, but have never been approached to voice my opinion. I havent been asked to sign any petition so just wondering if there has actually been a petition at all. Not that it would make any difference because I dont see a problem with it.

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    Elizabeth Field

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I remember receiving a letter about this, but have never been approached to voice my opinion. I havent been asked to sign any petition so just wondering if there has actually been a petition at all. Not that it would make any difference because I dont see a problem with it.

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    Elizabeth Field

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I myself go past the new crematorium near seven hills every day on the way to work. Oh the horror of it all!! Sorry, but it's a funeral parlor. Not sure exactly what these people think is going to happen. Normally they are very subtle and quiet places. It's not exactly going to have a bright neon sign saying "You're going to die. Come visit us!"

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    Chris Church

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Do you not think of mortality everytime you drive past Michael Smy Funeral Directors at the next junction up when you go to Morrison's then ? The shop before was Anglian Burgler Alarms. Did you not think of crime and burlgary then ? Another complete over reaction again !!

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    the opinion man

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I personally wouldn't want to live right next door to the parlour.

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    Angela Jay

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I remember receiving a letter about this, but have never been approached to voice my opinion. I havent been asked to sign any petition so just wondering if there has actually been a petition at all. Not that it would make any difference because I dont see a problem with it.

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    Elizabeth Field

    Monday, December 10, 2012

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