Haverhill Echo ten years ago

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Echo, July 15, 2004


West Suffolk MP Richard Spring said he was ‘absolutely furious’ to learn that health chiefs in west Suffolk had to make cutbacks of £8.6million.

Mr Spring said he was extremely anxious about the deficit and wanted to know how the Suffolk West Primary Care Trust (PCT) would manage it.

The trust said the Strategic Health Authority had indicated it would lend it £1 million and allow it to pay back its £5.5m deficit over the next two years.


Christmas in Haverhill looked like being less illuminating after the town council was forced to make emergency budget cuts of £5,000 - wiping out town council funding for Christmas lights.

Councillors had to take the decision in response to a letter from external auditors, informing them a resident had raised concerns about the town council’s accounts.

The Christmas lights cuts were made because the cost of a full investigation into the accounts was estimated to be £5,000.

Haverhill Representative Alliance councillor Mabon Dane admitted he was the author of the letter.