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ECHO, January 4, 1990

SAVAGE RATES ROCK TRADERS

Hundreds of local traders were left reeling from the savage blow dealt by the new rating system which put some rates up by as much as 30 per cent.

Hardest hit were public houses and shops, many of which were facing a serious threat to their survival.

One publican, Graham Morse, who owned the Queen’s Head in Haverhill town centre, said the effects of the revaluation were ‘horrendous’. The actual amount he had to pay in rates was £3,131 compared to the previous £1,745.

SETBACK FOR £100M VILLAGE PLAN

Refusal of plans for a pub at Hanchet End was a victory for residents of the Haverhill hamlet who had just lost their battle against a new Sainsburys’ superstore.

St Edmundsbury planners looked set to approve a recommendation to turn down the application from developers Meldire for a pub and restaurant beside the A604, posing a set-back for the £100 million scheme for a new village on the outskirts of town.

Planning officer Alan Johnson wanted the plans refused as he thought they were premature.