Haverhill chosen for Suffolk street improvements pilot scheme

Dirty road signs like this could become a thing of the past.
Dirty road signs like this could become a thing of the past.

Haverhill is one of three places chosen for a Suffolk County Council pilot scheme that will give volunteers the chance to improve the appearance of the town’s streets.

The county council has been looking at ways to support communities in making their own environments cleaner and more pleasant places in which to live and have selected Haverhill, Halesworth and Ipswich to take part.

Some of the inspiration for the project will be provided by the work already undertaken in Haverhill by the Community Ambassadors scheme run by ONE Haverhill and the recent community clean up - but the main focus is on the highways.

The project in its early stages of development and will not be implemented until later in the summer, so is not yet fleshed out.

Haverhill town clerk, Colin Poole, said a good example of how the scheme could work - and save taxpayer’s money - was evidenced during the community clean up.

He said: “We were washing some of the signs and one of the signs pointing to the Days Inn Hotel as the tourist information centre for Haverhill was pointing in the wrong direction.

“So when we washed it down we physically just lent on it so it was pointing in the right direction.

“If that had been reported and become a job number it’s one of the things that would always stay at the bottom of the list of things to be done and if it did get done it would probably cost £60.”

Filling in potholes could become part of the project, but that is yet to be decided, added Mr Poole, but issues such as grass growing over footpaths or pedestrian refuges that need cleaning and repairing would be included.

The jobs would be decided upon and led by volunteers and once done reported back to the county council, which could be called upon to provide extra equipment and materials if needed.