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Rovers skipper takes a hand in football project debate

Thursday, 8th July 2010.

The Haverhill Rovers football team captain decided to take a hand himself this week in combating an opponent of the town's new football development in Chalkstone Way.

Last week St Edmundsbury borough councillor Gordon Cox, who has made no secret of the fact that he opposes the whole project, wrote to the Haverhill Echo urging people to contact him or the authorities with any concerns about the impact it might have on the area.

He suggested noise or light nuisance as potential causes of concern.

But Rovers captain Marcus Hunt, who says the letter baffled him completely, decided to find out if there was any substance in Cllr Cox's 'concerns'.

He took centre half Sam Holmes with him on a Sunday morning fact-finding mission on the nearby Chalkstone estate, speaking to people and including knocking on every door of Glemsford Place, directly opposite the new facility.

"Unsurprisingly, I didnt get one complaint about noise, light etc," Marcus told readers of our Haverhill-UK message boards this morning. "Some residents did not realise it had even opened.

"I am also aware of a complaint made to the council by a certain councillor regarding the noise levels during Haverhill Rovers' pre-season training at the new facility.

"Hasn't the Chalkstone field always been home to football matches? Why complain about it now? Will Samuel Ward get a complaint about noise generated at lunchtimes by the pupils, as it is 50 yards away from where the training took place?

"Having used the facility I must say it is magnificent and will be brilliant for all footballers of all ages and genders in the town and surrounding villages.

"Remember, this is not just for Haverhill Rovers but for the whole community. There is already a very popular Zumba (a sort of dance/aerobics, I believe) class held there on Tuesday nights among other things.

"I urge the whole community of Haverhill to get behind the project and unite against these unjust complaints. Then maybe we can start enjoying the facilty as we should."

Previous contributors to the message board had expressed their bewilderment at Cllr Cox's letter, and their support for the 2million project.

Rovers' first opportunity to use their new stadium has been held up due to the protracted dry weather, which has meant the new pitch is not ready for the projected grand opening and friendly with an Ipswich Town team on July 17.

It is not now expected to be available to them until a week before their first match of the season, on August 7, which has created an early headache over their pre-season friendly fixtures, and means thye will miss out on significant revenue they can ill-afford to lose.

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Inoffworldterritories, OuttheresomewherePosted by Notanumber at 5:36PM on 9th July, 2010. (79.75.xxx.xxx)

Bravo 'Marcus', Bravo that man!!!


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