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New focus for battle over illegal parking

Tuesday, 11th June 2013.

The walkway between Queen Street and Tesco is the next venue for the continuing battle between police and illegal parking in Haverhill town centre.

The quarterly public forum of Haverhill Safer Neighbourhood Team meeting last night selected this as one of two new priorities for police to concentrate on.

The town’s police chief, Insp Peter Ferrie, reported on a decrease in crime this year in most areas.

Residents then raised a series of local issues and voted on which ones to prioritise.

They decided to retain one of the current priorities – parking in School Lane, where police have already done work with the schools – and added the one about the Queen Street walkway, and another concerning anti-social behaviour around Osier Close.

Insp Ferrie also agreed to take on board a fourth issue which came very close in the voting and which he considered important – problems associated with people drinking alcohol on the recreation ground resulting in anti-social behaviour in neighbouring streets.

Other issues raised were anti-social behaviour around Samuel Ward Academy car park, litter on the football field between the academy and the Rovers ground, people drinking alcohol in Railway Walk, cycling on footpaths, grafitti around town, parking in Queen Street and anti-social behaviour around the library.

The issue of illegal parking and driving in High Street which dominated the previous public forum in March was declared off the agenda by chairman Tim Marks because a new meeting of stakeholders is being called to determine a way forward on pedestrianisation.

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