Land should be put to community use, say councillors

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Calls have been made for a park or play area to be built on land that a developer wants to turn into housing.

An application by developer, H C Moss Ltd, to build houses on land off Brybank Road in Haverhill, has been opposed by Haverhill Town Council.

At a planning committee meeting on Tuesday, September 8, the council opposed the plans and noted that, though the land had been designated for community use since 2006, nothing had been made of it.

Councillor Clive Turner said: “The land has never been maintained. It’s a rough old plot, full of building materials and rubbish. At best it’s a litter tip.

“As a resident, and speaking for other residents, we want to see it put to community use.”

Instead of building houses on the site, the town council called for the land to be made into a proper community asset like a park, a community centre, or a children’s play area.

Cllr Maureen Byrne said: “My view is, we should do all we can to return it to community use. I think we should put up a fight.”

Cllr Jason Crooks said: “It would be fantastic to make it a play area for the children. There’s a huge amount of kids who have to play on the road. This place would be ideal.”

Haverhill resident, Ernie Goody, criticised H C Moss Ltd for trying to build houses on the land. He said: “I think they [the developer] have been rather crafty.

“In the original planning, they said they would build a community centre and, because no one has kicked off about it, they want a quick profit.”

Paul Ursell, director of H C Moss Ltd, said there had been very little interest in the site from the public.

“We certainly have not worked in any underhand way,” said Mr Ursell. “As fas as I am aware, it was never taken on by any one in the community. No one came forward.”