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Business discuss how to enforce rules on Haverhill High Street

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Haverhill high street

Haverhill town centre businesses met with town clerk Will Austin last week to discuss how to enforce existing laws on the High Street.

Haverhill town centre businesses met with town clerk Will Austin last week to discuss how to enforce existing laws on the High Street.

Setting aside the divisive issue of pedestrianisation, the meeting instead looked at how existing laws can prevent parking and stop the road being a rat run through measures such as installing bollards and kerbs.

“We have talked about working together to achieve more effective enforcement of the regulations,” said Mr Austin.

“As we know, at the moment all and sundry use it as a cut through and to park on the High Street.

“We are looking at ways of enforcing the current regulations such as making it more difficult to park on the pavement with bollards, cones or planters at points where people are pulling on to the pavement.”

Mr Austin has been working with Pc Will Wright to liaise with businesses to improve the situation on the High Street.

Dealing with illegal parking and use of the road has been a priority for Haverhill Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Team since June 2011.

At the meeting on November 13, businesses completed a pedestrianisation survey asking how they would adapt if the road were to be closed between 10am and 4pm on weekdays.

Questions enquired about where staff would park, how deliveries and unloading would be impacted, how shoppers and businesses would be affected and what support local authorities could offer.

Mr Austin added: “We’re in a position of chaos on the High Street, people complaining they are scared of being run over, motorists saying they don’t know what’s pavement and road and not seeing the signs telling them of the restrictions.

“These are things we need to address and we are fed up of waiting for other councils to get something done about them so the police and the town council will take matters on and see what we can do about them.”

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (December 5) Echo.

 

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