Haverhill’s recreation ground is to undergo a £70,000 refurbishment, with consultation currently underway.
The cash was allocated in St Edmundsbury Council’s 2012 leisure asset review, and will be used to provide a relocated and redesigned park area, new equipment in a well landscaped environment and better access for families in a more pleasant space.
Haverhill Labour Party says it pressured the borough into doing the revamp last year following residents’ comments that a large amount of cash had been spent on a new park in Abbey Gardens, while Haverhill had received nothing. The group, which has a majority on the town council, contacted the borough to voice the concerns as well as including ideas such as a natural play area and creating a pleasant place to picnic.
Cllr Sarah Stamp, St Edmundsbury cabinet member for leisure’ said: “We have been looking forward to delivering this new play provision for some time, and hope to have it completed in time ready for the summer holidays.
“We have been talking to local councillors, residents and other partners about the design, which is structured to allow us to add more equipment in future, as more funding becomes available.
“This is an investment in more than equipment and landscaping – it is about the future health and well being of Haverhill’s families and I am sure it will be welcomed and well used.”
Haverhill Mayor Roger André said “At last an investment in facilities for our young people.
“For too long the needs of our community have been overlooked.
“We welcome the innovative design and substantial commitment to our town.”
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