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Decision delayed on Haverhill parish handyman

Haverhill town centre
Haverhill town centre

Concerns over the length and cost of a vehicle lease agreement have led to Haverhill Town Council deferring a decision on whether to hire a parish handyman.

The handyman would be tasked with small repairs and other maintenance jobs around the town that might otherwise not get done.

The idea to employ a handyman was first proposed last summer by ONE Haverhill.

Town councillors debated at their full meeting on Tuesday (27) whether to use £16,000 from their 2015/16 budget to pay for the handyman, their equipment and the lease of a vehicle.

Councillors expressed concern over a three-year commitment to a vehicle lease agreement and agreed to defer the matter to allow town clerk Colin Poole to re-examine the lease arrangements and see if a shorter one can be found.

Councillors also expressed concern that the public would be paying twice for a service, feeling that maintenance jobs in Haverhill should be done by St Edmundsbury Council or Suffolk County Council in return for the taxes they receive.

Cllr Pat Hanlon supported the move, saying: “We will get things done. If you wait for the borough or county council sub contractors you don’t get things done.”

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