Cycle course is just one of the many ‘Big Ideas’

The area of land behind the Clements Surgery that could be turned into a pump track ANL-140715-121501005

The area of land behind the Clements Surgery that could be turned into a pump track ANL-140715-121501005


A new cycle course is one of the stand-out items on a wish-list being drawn up for the Haverhill South ward.

The idea for the track, which would be located on land behind the Clements Surgery and cost about £70,000 to create, is one of the many ‘Big Ideas’ that have been put forward during the current public consultation to find out what people living in Haverhill South would like £200,000 of funding to be spent on.

The funding has been made available through the People’s Health Trust, which has enlisted the help of Community Action Suffolk (CAS) to help find out how residents would like the money spent.

As part of the consultation process a Visioning Event was held at Clements Primary School last Wednesday (July 9), giving everyone a chance to see some of ideas currently on the table.

A People’s Forum was formed at the start of the process to discuss how and where the money could be spent.

A total of 80 plus Big Ideas had initially been chosen before being whittled down and the Forum now has one more meeting before sitting down with the CAS to decide what its core funding priorities are and submitting an action plan by August 31.

Dave Smith, who chairs the People’s Forum, said: “There is a strong community feel to the Clements and we need to build on that. A community project is the way to go.

Other ideas on display on Wednesday included working with Haverhill in Bloom to create flower beds and improve landscaping in Argyle Court, holding a community fun day, a multi function football goal/basketball hoop and climbing wall in Jubilee Court and creating street art displays.

Seated aerobics for older people have also been mooted, as has holding a lunch club for older people once a week at the Leiston Community Centre

Jon Eaton, community field officer for CAS, said after the Visioning Event: “We are the facilitators on this project and we are really pleased with how the People’s Forum are engaged but also how local residents have come out to support the project.”




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