Echo, April 19, 2004
Haverhill and the villages were facing a financial axe from Bury St Edmunds which could see them having to make huge increases in council tax.
St Edmundsbury Council was considering cutting or axing grants it gave to Haverhill Town Council and parish councils in an effort to save money.
The town council would lose about a quarter of its total funding - and to replace it would require an increase of £5.50 on its current £23 Band D council tax.
TOWN CENTRE TALKS
Haverhill business broke off talks with St Edmundsbury Council about the future of the town centre.
They said until the council had a fundamental policy change there was no point in discussing it any more.
Enterprise 2000, the business group that aimed to raise Haverhill’s profile, wanted to call in a professional town centre retail consultant to help plan the centre’s development.
The borough council refused to go along with the proposal, leading to Enterprise 2000 stopping talks.