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Echoes of the Past May 19, 2005


Claims were made that democracy was not being served well in Haverhill because residents of the Parkway estate had no polling station near their own homes.

With a town council by-election due to take place for Haverhill North, residents of the estate wishing to vote had to walk into the town centre because the usual venue for a polling station, Castle Hill Middle School, was not available.

The option of setting up a mobile polling station was deemed to be too expensive at a cost of £1,500.


Members of the Liberal Democrat party in Haverhill started a petition against tuition fees for students.

Town councillor Mick Graham and fellow Lib Dem members Terry McNally and Craig Woolmer - himself a student -were hoping to send the completed petition to the Government.

They believed students from the Haverhill area hoping to go to university would be hit especially hard by the fees, which leave many students thousands of pounds in debt.

They felt working class families would be hit the most.

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