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ECHO, February 1, 1990

GALE SENDS COUPLE’S DREAM CRASHING WITH THEIR BARN

A gale during the week brought heartbreak for Ian and Lynda Johnson who saw their dreams collapse as their 18th century listed barn at Boyton Hall, Haverhill, disintegrated into a pile of rubble.

The couple had sold their previous home and had moved into a caravan next to the barn while they restored it.

The freak winds in the week brought the whole building down.

Mr Johnson said: “It looks a mess now, but we shall start again if the planning authority will allow it.”

HOUSING CRISIS AS BAD AS IN SIXTIES

Housing needs in Haverhill were not being met any better than they had been in the 1960s, town councillors claimed.

Town mayor, Gerry Kiernan, said as many as a hundred homeless people a year were having to leave Haverhill to go miles away because there were no homes for them to rent in the town.

Maureen Byrne said it was distressing that people with good steady jobs in the town had to give them up and travel miles away to live.