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Chamber says road plan won’t ruin country park

By Josh Thomas

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The Haverhill Chamber of Commerce has said it still supports plans to build a road and has sought to calm residents’ fears it would affect plans for a park in the area.

Plans to build a road linking Coupals Road to the residential development proposed for the north-east of the town have been opposed by residents

The Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, however, is pushing for the plans to go ahead.

In a statement, the said: “Environmentally, a mere handful of trees would be lost to the road, to be more than compensated by the substantial tree planting required throughout the proposed development.

“It was also quickly established that the new Country Park would in no way be compromised by the road.

“From the Chamber’s viewpoint, the omission of the road would result in excessive travel for anyone from the eastern section of the new development wishing to access either the main industrial areas and or the various leisure and commercial enterprises situated to the east of the town.”

Resident, Ian Johnson has campaigned against the building of the road.

“This is just a general statement,” he said. “If they have such a good case, why wasn’t it presented to the inspector at the inquiry?

“It’s not just the residents of Roman Way that are concerned. I represent 150 people from all over Haverhill.

“Even a small hole in the tree belt would cut the park in two. This desn’t change our position.”

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