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Mayors open new park on the site of a former school

Thursday, 24th October 2013.

A new park was officially opened in Haverhill this morning.

Jubilee Park has been created on the site of the former Clements Primary School. Local residents were consulted on what they wished to see done with the open space, which has resulted in part use for the Jubilee Allotments, part for play equipment and the remainder as open parkland.

The cost of the whole project has been around £150,000, including around £30,000 for the play equipment.

Deputy Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Cllr Tim Marks, and Mayor of Haverhill Town Council, Cllr Roger André, were joined by children from the new Clements Primary School to inaugurate play equipment in the new park.

Cllr Marks described the park as a fine new facility for Haverhill and Cllr Andre said the project was a good example of local authorities working together to create better facilities for residents.

Cllr Sarah Stamp, St Edmundsbury cabinet member for heritage, arts and culture, said: “I am very pleased that St Edmundsbury has seized the opportunity to give Haverhill a brand new open space.

"Residents told us what they wanted and as a result the park is linked to the neighbourhood with a network of paths, a play area for younger children and lots of space for kicking a ball about. Open spaces influence our sense of wellbeing and I hope Jubilee Park sees a lot of action.”

Cllr Anne Gower, St Edmundsbury cabinet member for Haverhill, said: “When the new Clements Primary School was built on the Puddlebrook Playing Fields we negotiated with Suffolk County Council to turn the former site to community use.

"The community plays an active part with residents shaping how it was developed, volunteering to open and close the children’s area each day and growing crops on the allotments.

"It was named to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and I hope it is enjoyed for many years to come."

The Jubilee Park has been officially designated as a Queen Elizabeth II Fields In Trust Site, part of a flagship UK-wide programme to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Games, by permanently protecting outdoor recreational spaces in the Jubilee Year.

The mayors unveiled the specially commissioned commemorative plaque as part of the opening ceremony which has been provided by the Fields In Trust charity.

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