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Councillor Anne Gower did not see Haverhill Town Council’s plans for centre

Anne Gower

Anne Gower

A county councillor has defended her decision to support St Nicholas Hospice Care’s bid to run the Burton Centre, saying she did not see details of the town council’s bid.

A county councillor has defended her decision to support St Nicholas Hospice Care’s bid to run the Burton Centre, saying she did not see details of the town council’s bid.

Suffolk County Council asked the three Haverhill councillors – Phil French, Tim Marks and Anne Gower – for their views on which of the two bids they preferred.

Cllr French did not respond, Cllr Marks said both bids were good, and Cllr Gower favoured the hospice bid.

That is despite the fact she is also the chairman of ONE Haverhill, the umbrella group who has providing more for the youth of the town and enhancing prospects for young people as one of it’s primary aims, and the town council would have ensured youth provision from the Burton Centre.

“I had not had any details of the town council’s bid,” said Cllr Gower.

“St Nicholas Hospice gave me details of their bid and what they were hoping to achieve, but I had nothing from the town council at all.

“I’m not part of the decision making process so had not seen the bids, and can only make a decision on what I have seen.

“I’m very supportive of offering more youth services but I made this choice as a county councillor, not as the ONE Haverhill chairman.”

Why county asked for views of councillors are not informed about the bids is also perplexing.

For all the latest news see today’s (Thursday, November 22) Echo.

 

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