Echo, January 19, 1989
A young Haverhill mother staged a sit-in protest with her six-month-old baby at the council offices to call attention to her desperate need for accommodation.
Rebecca Latham, 23, said she was homeless and had nobody to turn to apart from the local authority.
When she was told the only accommodation available was bed and breakfast in Cavendish she turned it down and started a day-long vigil.
Born and bred in Haverhill, Miss Latham had said: “The least I expected was accommodation in Haverhill, where I have always lived.”
Haverhill’s town hall and sports centre were to play major part in the expansion of indoor activities and entertainment which were recognised in a new borough council survey on leisure as seriously lacking in the town.
A draft strategy by the borough council’s leisure and entertainments officer, Steve Palframan, included a suggestion that the sports centre be modernised.
Ideas included having a synthetic area suitable for five-a-side football pitches and tennis courts.