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So now we know the planning inspector appointed by the Government will come to Haverhill for part of his public inquiry into the Vision 2031 document
Date: Friday, 13th December 2013
Haverhill's weekly news round up read by David Hart
Date: Thursday, 12th December 2013
In a week when local politics seems to have been turned up a notch or two in the debate over town council finances, it was a curious coincidence that we should have close analysis on TV of the two opposing extremes which drive politicians
Date: Monday, 9th December 2013
The Christmas season has been getting into full swing as we entered December this week so everyone is on the trail of Christmas gifts. Intersnack had an unpleasant one in store for their workers at th...
Date: Saturday, 7th December 2013
For all the imperfections surrounding ONE Haverhill, it was nevertheless very interesting to hear about the wide range of ideas which were thrown in at their recent workshop about the town centre master plan
Date: Friday, 29th November 2013
By a circuitous route we are beginning to find out the sort of thinking which is going into the making of the next master plan for Haverhill town centre, and some of it is innovative and interesting
Date: Saturday, 23rd November 2013
Start made on town centre master plan, Festival of poppies for next year's WW1 centenary and Christmas lights switch-on switched to Family Christmas Nigh
Date: Thursday, 21st November 2013
New format for SNT public meetings to be launched, Town pays its respects to 'a great Haverhillian', Details of Sunday's Remembrance observances in Haverhil
Date: Thursday, 7th November 2013
Who would have thought that putting up a clock near the bus station so passengers have some vague idea of the time in case a bus happened to adhere to the timetable could be contentious?
Date: Saturday, 2nd November 2013
An idea is being considered to turn the old Corn Exchange in Withersfield Road into a heritage centre for the town; The Shopwatch system for retailers and the police to share information on potential thieves or trouble-makers is up and running again in Haverhill; and An organisation which helps to make sure elderly and lonely people are befriended is asking for volunteers.
Date: Friday, 20th September 2013
If you were in Haverhill town centre on Wednesday morning you probably saw groups of mostly well-dressed people strolling about as if they were on some sort of heritage tour.
Date: Friday, 20th September 2013
Work is to start soon on a new Masterplan for Haverhill town centre; Police repeat warnings to keep properties secure after two more ‘creeper’ burglaries; and Do you fancy becoming a town councillor? If so there is a vacancy up for grabs.
Date: Tuesday, 27th August 2013
In the nearly 40 years since I began reporting on the saga of Haverhill High Street and when or whether it is to be pedestrianised I thought I had seen everything. There have been good ideas and bad, attractive plans and dreary ones, clever bits of thinking and rank stupidity, but this week I have seen something which, in some ways, tops the lot.
Date: Sunday, 18th August 2013
Public consultation has begun in advance of a major get-together about whether or not to pedestrianise Haverhill High Street; Successful A level results across Suffolk, including Haverhill’s academies, were celebrated yesterday; and How ‘a little ray of sunshine’ has been rewarded for 25 years’ loyal service.
Date: Friday, 16th August 2013
A spate of overnight walk-in burglaries has continued in Haverhill and police are again warning people to keep properties secure; A controversial planning application to knock down bungalows in Withersfield Road and build homes for the over 55s has been given the go-ahead; and Two brothers have raised over £500 for charity by completing a grueling 50-mile race over mountains and rivers in the Lake District.
Date: Tuesday, 13th August 2013
On Thursday two pieces of news hove into view across the desks of regional media concerning Haverhill.
Date: Saturday, 10th August 2013
Police have confirmed a sex attack reported by a woman in Haverhill this week never actually happened. Haverhill community leaders will be teaching the skills of community budgeting to towns up and down the country in a Government initiative; and Dr Beeching may be vilified in Haverhill for axing the railway, but is he misunderstood? A touring show coming to the arts centre claims as much.
Date: Friday, 9th August 2013
A county councillor is joining forces across the party divide with Haverhill town council to oppose the Vision 2031 planning document for the town’s future; Police are asking for the public to help them nab nuisance moped riders in the town centre; and Is your group in need of some cash to help provide youth activities or improve the local environment? Grants are up for grabs from ONE Haverhill.
Date: Tuesday, 6th August 2013
With just a week to go before the closing date for public consultation on the Vision 2031 planning documents, Haverhill Town Council have expressed a series of reservations and suggested changes which, at last, begin to deal with the fundamental deficiencies found within.
Date: Saturday, 3rd August 2013
Haverhill Town Council has slammed the Vision 2031 blueprint for the town’s future; Suffolk County Council has agreed in principle to let Haverhill Town Council take over the former magistrates court building as a base for youth services; and A Haverhill man will this weekend be tackling the route of last year’s Olympic road race cyclists, on behalf of the charity BLISS.
Date: Friday, 2nd August 2013
On Thursday two pieces of news hove into view across the desks of regional media concerning Haverhill.
Date: Thursday, 1st August 2013
After two years as the Chairman of One Haverhill, Cllr Anne Gower steps down and introduces Sarah Howard as her successor.
Date: Wednesday, 31st July 2013
A new person is to take over the chair of Haverhill’s pioneering partnership of local authorities and agencies, One Haverhill; Police warn of burglars taking advantage of people leaving windows and doors open in the hot weather after a spate of incidents over the last week; and Wondering what to do with the kids during the long summer holidays? The leisure centre has a bundle of ideas.
Date: Tuesday, 30th July 2013
For once, I am going to put forward an opinion which is not independent and even-handed, but entirely based on self-interest, and I make that clear from the beginning so you can take it into account when weighing up whether it has any value.
Date: Saturday, 27th July 2013
Thieves after copper have cut dangerous gas pipes outside a series of homes in Haverhill and left them hanging; The town’s largest housing provider has received a national award recognising its resident involvement service; and A Haverhill community who originated in Southern India have brought the colour of their culture to a special fund raiser.
Date: Friday, 26th July 2013
Crowds estimated at up to 7,000 flooded to the Haverhill Summer Bash on Sunday, the pioneering edition of a new-look Haverhill Show; Residents had a chance to look in detail at the Vision 2031 planning document on Saturday and a county councillor has criticised it again in an open letter; and How two local sporting types are fronting the next phase of Abbeycroft Leisure and St Edmundsbury’s Inspire Me campaign to get people active.
Date: Tuesday, 23rd July 2013
Police are still trying to establish what happened at a stabbing in Haverhill on Tuesday night; Haverhill Local History Group are celebrating gaining provisional museum status for their collection; and All is set for a massive day of fun in the sun on Sunday at the Haverhill Summer Bash on the Recreation Ground.
Date: Friday, 19th July 2013
You can make a little bet that any time Haverhill hits the regional or national headlines it will be for the wrong reasons, because nobody has ever yet managed to unlock the puzzle of how we can get into the limelight for the right ones
Date: Tuesday, 16th July 2013
Police warn people not to leave car or house windows open in the hot weather after an opportunist theft outside the police station; Haverhill’s historic vehicle rally on Sunday attracted nearly 2,000 people; and An area of the town centre where the public required police to take action against parked vehicles turns out to have no parking regulations.
Date: Tuesday, 16th July 2013
Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner comes to Haverhill next week to talk to local business people; Samuel Ward students stepped out in their finery last night in the Academy’s prom, held at the arts centre; and Two Haverhill brothers take on one of the toughest challenges in the Lake District for charity at the end of the month.
Date: Friday, 12th July 2013
The board of ONE Haverhill is seeking a new chairman as Cllr Anne Gower steps down after two years getting it started. Leaders of Castle Manor Academy have welcomed its latest Ofsted as confirmation of the progress their all-through education strategy is making; and If you want to find out more about the Vision 2031 document planning Haverhill’s future, there’s going to be a drop-in session on Saturday week.
Date: Tuesday, 9th July 2013
This week we have seen some pressure, both national and local, for video cameras to be allowed into council meetings, in an effort to transmit their workings to a wider audience than the handful who ever bother to turn up for them.
Date: Sunday, 7th July 2013
Deficient standards of literacy have stood between Castle Manor and an ‘outstanding’ grading in its first Ofsted inspection since becoming an Academy; Plans have come forward to knock down the two cottages on the corner of High Street and Eden Road and replace them with affordable housing; and Haverhill police have become tweeters as they have set up their own Twitter account to keep residents up to date with event
Date: Friday, 5th July 2013
County councillors are due next week to approve the St Edmundsbury Vision 2031 documents, including the controversial one for Haverhill; A man ended up in hospital after a serious attack by two men in Chalkstone Way in the early hours of Saturday; and A great family fun day out – that was the verdict on the Castle Partnership’s first Extravaganza on Saturday.
Date: Tuesday, 2nd July 2013
The final consultation period for the Vision 2031 planning document about Haverhill has begun and runs for three months – at least, I think it’s the final one, although if the Government planning inspector eventually chucks the whole thing back at St Edmundsbury to be revised, those revisions might have to be consulted on, I suppose.
Date: Monday, 1st July 2013
A man beaten up in Strasbourg Square last weekend has claimed his attackers spoke an East European language; Planners will decide next week whether to allow Care UK to build a replacement care home for Place Court on the site of the former Chalkstone Middle School; and Plans are going ahead for the annual vintage transport rally to take place in Haverhill again next month.
Date: Friday, 28th June 2013
Illegal offroad motorbiking is once again a summer problem in Haverhill – but this time on and around the Chalkstone estate; Police have started cracking down on motorists parking illegally next to the police station; and Do you hate slugs enough to use slug pellets in your garden? If so you could be contributing to dangerous toxin levels in our local water.
Date: Tuesday, 25th June 2013
Councillors are annoyed to discover passenger information boards were secretly axed from Haverhill bus station plans three years ago; Haverhill’s north-west bypass appears on a long list of transport improvements in Norfolk and Suffolk which are to be prioritised after public consultation; and Business people have heard how Suffolk is bucking a national trend of people dropping away from sport after the Olympics.
Date: Friday, 21st June 2013
A Haverhill councillor has accused Suffolk and St Edmundsbury of treating Haverhill like a ‘garden shed’; Burglars have targeted a series of garages on the Parkway estate and got away with a haul of fishing and golfing gear; and How a league championship footballer returned to Castle Manor recently to look around his old school.
Date: Tuesday, 18th June 2013
All those important people in one room to talk about Haverhill’s transport links! You wouldn’t have believed it a year ago.
Date: Saturday, 15th June 2013
Railway campaigners have moved the debate about Haverhill’s transport links forward by bringing together a wide range of agencies for further discussions; A group of youngsters burgled a house in Haverhill and made off an air rifle; and How Castle Manor students gained third place in a Cambridge business talent competition.
Date: Friday, 14th June 2013
Police are to blitz a town centre walkway where motorists are parking illegally; Suffolk’s new transport supremo comes to Haverhill tonight for a meeting about railway renewal; and How a primary school is celebrating its latest Ofsted which shows it is getting better.
Date: Tuesday, 11th June 2013
We’ve heard quite a lot about a mysterious organisation called ONE Haverhill over the last couple of years. I say mysterious not only because it mostly meets in private, which I have said quite enough about already, but also because its function is difficult for residents to comprehend.
Date: Sunday, 9th June 2013
A plan to give opportunities to Haverhill’s young people and to improve the town’s streets and pavements has been launched by ONE Haverhill; Havebury’s new office in the town was opened today by our MP Matthew Hancock; and How Castle Manor welcomed back a past pupil recently – one who is now head teacher of a grammar school himself.
Date: Friday, 7th June 2013
Cyclists are being warned to take extra care to make their bikes secure after a spate of thefts; A Haverhill county councillor has begun a campaign to improve the aspirations for the town contained in the Vision 2031 document which he says is so disappointing; and How town council employees are walking, running and selling jumble for charity.
Date: Tuesday, 4th June 2013
The annual meeting of Haverhill Town Council earlier this week revealed the usual level of public ignorance about what the different tiers of local government are for and how they work.
Date: Saturday, 1st June 2013
The town’s new mayor was elected on Tuesday evening, after a lively annual meeting of the town council; Rail renewal enthusiasts are still battling to get local authority representatives to turn up to their big consultation meeting; and June is to be a crackdown month on drink drivers, as police promise a summer blitz on the roads.
Date: Friday, 31st May 2013
The line-up for this year’s Haverhill Festival has been unveiled, with 60s icons The Searchers topping the bill; Two Haverhill men are heading for the Continent tomorrow on a 350-mile charity bike ride; and Some more of your own comments in our Sound-Off feature.
Date: Tuesday, 28th May 2013
There seems to be something in the air in Haverhill at the moment which is less familiar than the old chemical stinks which, as far as I am aware, are a thing of the past thanks to modern technology...
Date: Sunday, 26th May 2013
The epidemic of van break-ins in Haverhill has continued this week with a series overnight on Wednesday to Thursday; The annual town meeting next week gives residents the chance to air publicly any issue about Haverhill; and Haverhill Leisure Centre has a whole lot of activities lined up to keep children occupied during half term next week.
Date: Friday, 24th May 2013
One of Haverhill’s new UKIP county councillor admits he has been ‘shocked’ by what he has heard about how Haverhill has been short-changed in the past by service providers; A new idea of a monorail service from Haverhill to Cambridge has been floated; and The town’s longest-established recruitment service has unveiled a new look.
Date: Tuesday, 21st May 2013
The revelation that Cambridgeshire's local authorities have included a renewal of the railway link to Haverhill among the options in the debate which will lead to their transport strategy plan seems to have come out of the blue to everyone on this side of the border.
Date: Saturday, 18th May 2013
Cambridgeshire has dropped a bombshell by revealing it is considering the renewal of the rail link to Haverhill as part of its transport strategy; Staff and directors from the Castle Partnership raised over £4,000 by their moonride – and overnight charity cycle from London to Cambridge; and Two members of staff at Haverhill Leisure Centre will be taking part in the region’s toughest triathlon in aid of the air ambulance later this month.
Date: Friday, 17th May 2013
Continued development at the west end entrance to the park, view of transformed landscape from the roundabout, a new feature, the parks lake materialises with supporting structure for decking being installed and main access route starts to have its top layer applied.
Date: Wednesday, 15th May 2013
One of Haverhill’s new UKIP Suffolk county councillors has come out in strong support of reviving the rail link between Haverhill and Cambridge; The man who told Haverhill it could not have a pedestrianised High Street has been sacked from Suffolk County Council’s cabinet; and A business networking group is promoting a ‘Buy Local’ week in the town next month.
Date: Tuesday, 14th May 2013
But the future is less clear. Vision 2031, as far as I can see, is not what they initially told us it would be. It is less about creating the future and more about protecting the present.
Date: Sunday, 12th May 2013
View of the parks main and west end entrance, construction of footpath, assess road and drainage at west end, earth excavations and a 270 deg view of the construction site.
Date: Wednesday, 8th May 2013
A special consultation about bringing back the railway has been announced next month for businesses and local authorities, hosted by the town council and the local rail renewal group; After Thursday’s Suffolk county council elections, the Conservatives’ majority had been cut from 35 seats to just three; And a vintage mobile cinema will visit Haverhill Market Square next month as part of a regional tour called Archive Alive.
Date: Tuesday, 7th May 2013
Construction of the west end entrance to the research park, pathway being laid through the landscaped area towards rear of the housing development and erection of the parks electrical sub stations enclosure.
Date: Wednesday, 1st May 2013
Councillors agree a watered-down mention of pedestrian improvements to high street plans in Vision 2031 final draft; Historic trackway should be protected in Havebury’s over 55s development in Withersfield Road; and Residents cram in to hear about Iron Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon finds at the archaeological dig at Hanchet End.
Date: Wednesday, 1st May 2013
Haverhill’s police chief has issued a warning to van drivers in the wake of another series of Thursday night break-ins; There’s a recruitment drive under way for more maths teachers in Suffolk; and How a 24-year-old Haverhill woman is showing young unemployed just what they can achieve.
Date: Tuesday, 30th April 2013
Everyone's fed up with politics, I keep hearing. There's no point to any of it. All the parties are rubbish, all the MPs and councillors are on the make. There's nobody worth voting for.
Date: Saturday, 27th April 2013
Burglars stole seven medals from the home of a British serviceman in Wratting Road on Saturday night; Parents have started a petition to keep a primary school swimming pool open; and How a musician is hoping to revive the Haverhill folk scene which he helped found in the 1980s.
Date: Friday, 26th April 2013
Transformation of housing development landscape, view of the parks entrance, installation of water and gas services and kerb stones being laid.
Date: Wednesday, 24th April 2013
The UK’s leading pet supplies store is aiming to set up a branch in Haverhill, next to B&Q; Haverhill business people unanimously told MP Matthew Hancock this morning they wanted the railway back rather than a guided bus service to Cambridge; and Anyone for Tennis? Haverhill tennis club and Haverhill Leisure Centre are trying to get more people to take up playing the sport after work.
Date: Friday, 19th April 2013
Haverhill’s new Roman Catholic Church has made the final of a regional architectural award; Dodgy Wonka chocolate bars have been seized by trading standards officers from a store in Haverhill; and Staff from Castle Manor Academy are in training for a moonlight cycle ride for charity next month
Date: Tuesday, 16th April 2013
The Department of Health has given St Nicholas Hospice a grant of over £300,000 towards converting the Burton Centre into an outreach centre; An operation as part of a countywide police initiative apprehended two people in Haverhill yesterday; and A new body took over responsibility for providing health services in Haverhill this month, but still has no plans to provide an X-ray unit here.
Date: Friday, 12th April 2013
Haverhill is not hugely different from any other community in Britain, so it is only reasonable that someone should take up the challenge and analyse the legacy of Margaret Thatcher here.
Date: Friday, 12th April 2013
Police warn retailers after ‘East European’ gang tries a distraction theft from a town centre shop; The town’s MP is to co-host an export trade fair in Haverhill later this month; and Officers dealing with homelessness are asking private tenants to take part in a survey of their experiences
Date: Tuesday, 9th April 2013
It’s been a week of planning matters, which might sound rather boring, but is enough to start a series of hares and get everybody arguing about what is best for Haverhill.
Date: Sunday, 7th April 2013
Protesters about plans to build a 250ft wind turbine near Haverhill bypass descended on a town council meeting this week; Plans for another new church in Haverhill received the go-ahead yesterday despite objections from 45 neighbours; and St Nicholas Hospice says the Burton Centre is ‘far and away’ the best place in Haverhill for its new outreach centre.
Date: Friday, 5th April 2013
Foliage planted to front of the Research Park, ground preparation for Marston's family pub/restaurant, spur connection to mains services for domestic dwellings and ground preparation for housing development
Date: Wednesday, 3rd April 2013
A representative of Gurteens has been talking about the company’s latest ideas for the future of it High Street site; Town councillors are writing to complain about Suffolk County Council ignoring the wishes of residents on pedestrianisation – and sending a copy to Secretary of State Eric Pickles; and Scientists have been touring local primary schools as part of Castle Manor’s contribution to a national initiative.
Date: Tuesday, 2nd April 2013
Method of joining and instillation of the parks mains cold water services.
Date: Thursday, 28th March 2013
A man has died after being found lying in the street in Duddery Road in the early hours of Sunday morning; The spate of thefts from cars has continued unabated over the past week, with seven more incidents to add to last week’s four in two hours; and Do you think about other people when you take your children to school or collect them? Police are appealing for more considerate parking from parents.
Date: Tuesday, 26th March 2013
Next week we enter the new financial year, so you will have had a new council tax demand and you will see that it is exactly the same as the last one.
Date: Sunday, 24th March 2013
A ‘cautiously optimistic’ developer offers hopes of Haverhill having a university presence at the research park; Havebury’s big High Street development of flats and new offices opens; and Our poll about Haverhill High Street shows
Date: Friday, 22nd March 2013
A woman scared off two burglars who broke into her house in Burton Close on Friday; A new study of hospital quality has ranked West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust first in the whole country; A new holiday camp for six and seven-year-olds at Haverhill Leisure Centre is being set up by public demand; and We look at what you have been saying about Haverhill issues in our new feature ‘Sound-Off’
Date: Tuesday, 19th March 2013
Buenos dies. I am the Great Leopardo, world-famous lion-tamer – the greatest in the world and advisor to Suffolk County Council about dealing with wild animals.
Date: Saturday, 16th March 2013
Free car parking is coming to Haverhill next month – but it’s just after 3pm on Fridays. The developer of Haverhill’s new research park at Hanchet End will be talking to town business people about progress so far next week; and Haverhill Golf Course is to be opened to novice golfers through a new membership scheme.
Date: Friday, 15th March 2013