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Gripes over £200k Clements investment

Cllr Barry Robbins said several residents had asked him why it is only the Clements benefiting from the �200,000 investment

Cllr Barry Robbins said several residents had asked him why it is only the Clements benefiting from the �200,000 investment

 

Concerns have been raised about why £200,000 is being invested in the Clements estate but not elsewhere in Haverhill.

Community Action Suffolk is looking for ideas as to how to spend the cash, funded through the Health Lottery, which will be invested in the Haverhill South ward.

John Eaton from the group explained to Haverhill Town Council at last Tuesday’s (29) meeting that the ward was one of just three in Suffolk, along with Gainsborough in Ipswich and Kirkley in Lowestoft, chosen as part of a national programme based on the criteria of health inequality and deprivation.

A group of residents will decide how to spend the cash, which can go towards capital expenditure like buildings and overheads but not towards doctors, police and what councils provide (such as street lighting).

Cllr Barry Robbins said several residents had asked him why it is only the Clements benefiting from the cash, though deputy mayor Maureen Byrne said the statistics back up the choice.

Town mayor Roger André said: “We welcome this investment in Haverhill, particularly as it’s a community project with the residents determining what’s needed.”

Mr Eaton said they will have a meeting on the estate with residents soon.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (May 8) Echo.

 

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