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Council wants 'stronger role'

By Jo Deeks on Thursday, 27th April 2000.

Councillors are planning to strengthen their role as "the voice of Haverhill".
Maggie Lee, the town council leader, spoke of its aim at the Annual Town Meeting, at which the 11 councillors outnumbered nine members of the public.
The council hopes to encourage better attendance in future by inviting more voluntary groups to meetings.
Coun Lee, who is also on St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council, said she felt the town council was the only body that truly represneted the town because members lived and worked with the people they represented.
She felt its voice should be strengthened to help townspeople when they came forward with their needs, wishes and aspirations.
She said it was not important which body provided services, only the quality of those services, and the town council should be prepared to lobby other bodies on behalf of local residents.
Coun Alan Smith, chairman of the Leisure Committe, pointed out the town council was often criticised for not changing things over which it had no control.
He said 28,000 people has attended leisure events - more that the town's population. He felt this was a excellent achievement, at a very low cost to taxpayers, and might help fill gaps where St Edmundsbury appeared to be withdrwaing from leisure activities.
Mayor Angela Millar agreed the council was the voice of the town and should continue to be so. She had attended a great range of events and visited many community groups during her year of office, which ends next month.
Mary Porodi of Haverhill Volunteer Centre, reported that volunteers had done work which would have cost the local community around 750,000. More volunterrs were always needed.
David Rinaldi, of the Town Twinning Association, said he hoped the new mayor would visit the German twin town, Ehringshausen, in June, and links with Pont St Esprit in France were planned for October.
The town council's web-site will be available soon at www.haverhill-uk.com/towncouncil

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