ECHO: August 18, 1998
Villagers at Kedington came down strongly against the large scale housing proposed the health authority’s scheme to sell off land on the Risbridge Hospital site.
Speaking at special parish meeting called to debate the issue, villagers said Kedington had neither the roads nor capacity at the sewage works to cope with the 79 new homes planned for the 20 acre site.
Under the plans the hospital, which had about 200 patients with mental health issues, would be partly converted into flats. The health authority hoped that by selling off part of the land it could finance 20 new bungalows for 80 patients with a support medical block.
Four members of Haverhill and District Local History Group presented a 1,500 signatures petition to Suffolk County Council as part of its opposition to the authority’s plans to demolish the Victorian Cangle School.
The council wanted to knock the building down as part of its plans to improve the Cangle junction, but the objectors argued the buildings should be allowed to stand and were an important part of Haverhill’s heritage.