Echo, February 9, 1989
New proposals for a Haverhill bypass came as a bombshell for to the small group of residents at Hazel Stub, who said they were shocked that a roundabout was to be built close to their homes.
The planning application for the bypass may have looked like a step forward for Haverhill, but for the seven families living there it was deemed to be a nightmare.
One resident of Hazel Stub, Clive Boase, said a public consultation held in October 1987 showed that the line of the bypass was shown to be much further away than in the new plans and instead of a roundabout there had been a staggered junction.
Haverhill sports centre was packed with women anxious to find out how they can defend themselves in case of an attack.
The seminar was organised by David Skates, from Haverhill, in response to the number of women in the town who he had heard say were afraid to leave their homes and go out after dark for fear of getting attacked.
It was led by world Kung Fu number two Nigel Thompson.