Echo, February 12, 2004
Students feared losing the support of a successful mentoring organisation if £10,000 was not found by the end of the month.
Haverhill Advocacy and Mentoring Service (HAMS) opened in July 2001 and provided valuable support to around 50 students at the town’s Samuel Ward Upper and Chalkstone Middle Schools.
But it came under risk after Government funding cuts.
Residents of Haverhill’s Chalkstone estate started a petition against plans to relocate a skate park their.
The plans were to move the park from Howe Road to land close to the leisure centre and Haverhill Cricket Club.
But one family in Rushmere Place said they would not feel safe if the skate park were to be moved there.
The plan was mooted to move the park after many residents living close by complained it had become a magnet for under-age drinkers and littering.
Residents of the Chalkstone estate said they would be faced with the same problems if it were moved to the area.