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New Haverhill town clerk has a ‘mirror’ tale to his predecessor

Haverhill Town clerk Will Austin will have his car 'clamped' as part of the town counil's efforts to show people what can happen if you park illegally in the town centre ENGANL00120121213130157

Haverhill Town clerk Will Austin will have his car 'clamped' as part of the town counil's efforts to show people what can happen if you park illegally in the town centre ENGANL00120121213130157

 

Haverhill Town Council has appointed a new clerk - and it transpires his story mirrors that of the man he has replaced in the role.

Colin Poole is currently town clerk of Exmouth in Devon and will replace Will Austin after he moved to Barnstaple - in Devon - to be closer to his family. 

Both men applied for the Haverhill and Exmouth jobs in 2011, ending with Will moving from Devon to Suffolk and Colin from Suffolk to Devon. 

Both left their families behind and regularly commuted between Devon and Suffolk for the last two years, literally passing each other on the A303 on the Sunday, going in opposite directions. 

Mr Poole said: “People have often said we should swap. When Will got the Barnstaple job the opportunity to do just that was created.

“I am doubly thrilled to be at Haverhill. I am able to return permanently to Suffolk to be with my family and I am joining Haverhill at a really exciting time, with work on the new youth centre being something particularly close to my heart. 

“There is clearly a sense of symmetry about Will and I returning to our home counties.”

Haverhill’s Mayor Roger André welcomed the appointment: “From an exceptionally high quality field of candidates we were delighted to have attracted an extensively experienced and skilled town clerk.”

Locum clerk, Bob Whittome, will be supporting the handover to Colin.

Originally from Hertfordshire, Colin moved to Newton near Sudbury in 1992, where he lives with his wife Tracy and two teenage children. However, his roots are local. 

He explained: “I have researched my family ancestry, which is originally from this area. My great grandfather was born in Sudbury and we still have distant relations right across west Suffolk.

“When I was waiting for my interview, I noticed that the WI millennium display at the arts centre was made by two people called Poole, amongst others. 

“West Suffolk is not only my family home, it is my ancestral home too.”

The move back home will be a big change to the last two years. Colin currently stays during the week on a sailing boat moored on the estuary, kayaking out to it after work. 

 

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