Today (Saturday, September 14) is your opportunity to let the highways authority know how you would like Haverhill High Street to develop.
Suffolk County Council is holding an exhibition on the Market Square to gauge people’s views about the town centre road and the divisive topic of pedestrianisation.
Haverhill Town Council supports the High Street being pedestrianised for the same hours as Queen Street, and have conducted a survey showing 70 per cent of people support them in that aim.
However, prominent businesses such as Gurteens and Chapmans oppose such a move due to a lack of rear access.
Police have often had to target the problem of illegal parking that plagues the High Street as it has repeatedly been elected as a priority for the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).
It was at March’s SNT meeting at Burton End Primary School when county Cllr Guy McGregor, then cabinet member for roads and transport, initially promised a seminar for residents to discuss the town centre’s future after he disregarded calls for pedestrianisation and instead insisted on a shared space scheme as being the way forward, which saw him jeered at the meeting and branded ‘arrogant’ by then-mayor Maureen Byrne.
The town council also has an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/haverhilltowncentre, though some savvy internet users have sussed how to fill it in more than once, potentially skewing the results.
The town council has urged people to come along and share their views.
The county council held a workshop event involving representatives of organisations and groups in Haverhill on Wednesday (September 11), and a separate event for schools to gather the views of young people.
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (September 19) Echo.