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Work starts on new housing

Thursday, 16th May 2002.

Work has begun on a scheme to provide new houses and shops in place of a derelict pub, run down shops and flats at Haverhill.

Jennifer Hart, chairman of St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Housing committee, went along to dig the first sod at the launch of the building phase of the redevelopment at Blair Parade.

Suffolk Housing Society is working in partnership with the council on the scheme. The first phase, due for completion in November, will include two shops, four two bedroom flats and one three bedroom house.

Four bungalows, one of them wheelchair accessible, will be built during the second phase of the project, due to be completed next April.

The flats and houses will provide homes for social housing tenants on the council’s waiting list. The existing post office and Chinese takeaway will occupy the new shops once they are built.

Coun Hart was joined by Sylvia Roberts, chairman of Suffolk Housing Society at the launch.

“It is vitally important that we do everything possible to drive forward the regeneration of our urban centres. This is just as true in this area as it is of central London.

“We need to ensure that towns are attractive places where people will choose to live because the quality of life is good. I am sure that this
project will make a great difference to Haverhill and will promote the town as an attractive place to live and work,” Coun Hart said.

Steve Clarke, chief executive of Suffolk Housing, said he hoped to continue the “positive and fruitful work” with St Edmundsbury.

“As house prices continue to rise, it is vital that more affordable housing becomes available.

“The housing being built on Blair Parade will provide eight more homes at affordable rents for the people of Haverhill,” Mr Clarke said.

The total cost of the scheme is £529,759, of which £64,978 is contributed by the council. The remainder of the money comes from the central government fund and Suffolk Housing.

Haverhill Weekly News

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