Aim of heritage centre to be included in Vision

The old Corn Exchange in Haverhill could become a heritage centre

The old Corn Exchange in Haverhill could become a heritage centre

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The aspiration of having a heritage centre in Haverhill will be included in the Vision 2031 plans.

The public inquiry into St Edmundsbury Council’s Vision 2031 documents which detail how Haverhill should develop over the next 20 years, held at Haverhill Leisure Centre last Wednesday (February 5), changed the wording from ‘museum’ to ‘heritage centre’.

Suffolk County Councillor and St Edmundsbury Borough Councillor Tony Brown has headed effort to raise funds to buy to old corn exchange in Withersfield Road and convert it into a Haverhill heritage centre, and recently visited the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket to hear about how they had succeeded with a similar project.

Town clerk Will Austin said: “If we can secure the facilities we need then that would be fantastic.

“The town council has successfully applied to turn the corn exchange into a asset of community value.”

Inspector Roger Clews suggested such a building ought to be more central, but Mr Austin said the corn exchange was ideal.

He said the commitment needed to remain in the Vision in case plans for the corn exchange fell through.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (February 13) Echo.

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