Echo, February 16, 1989
Sturmer resident John Collar was holding out against a proposed new footpath outside his home that would result in a conifer hedge that screened his house from the busy main road being pulled down.
Essex County Council wanted to lay the new footpath to make it safer for pedestrians but Mr Collar refused to comply with their wish for him to give up part of his front garden for the scheme.
He argued that the council wanted to take too much land in front of his home and that the path could be laid without it resulting in the removal of the hedge if they took less land.
Suffolk County Council was told that its plans to introduce an experimental pedestrianisation order for Haverhill town centre would result in the loss of up to 20 per cent of its car parking area and be a severe blow to retailers.
Christopher Black, of Januarys, the estate agents, said it would deter visitors from using Queen Street, as it was too far from all of the available car parks, most of which were at the furthest end of the High Street from Queen Street.