Late Haverhill councillor’s legacy lives on in new park

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Gordon Cox ANL-141024-141547001

A late Haverhill councillor’s hope to have an accessible, green public space on the Chalkstone Estate will come to fruition.

Cllr Gordon Cox, who died at his home in Haverhill in October 2014, spent two years campaigning for a green public space just off Shetland Road on the Chalkstone Estate.

The area is now to be renamed Emperor’s Green, with the installation of new signage, paved entrance ways and the planting of trees, helping to make the area more user-friendly for the public.

Cllr Tony Brown worked alongside Cllr Cox and is pleased that the plan is finally going to come into action.

He said: “I’m really pleased that another bit of his legacy is going to be represented in a piece of recreation ground that has never really had a name or an identity before.

“It’s a nice tribute to Gordon. He was pushing hard for that and it’s nice that now it’s going to become a reality.

“The Borough Council has taken the time to implement the improvement. It will make it a lot more accessible to local people.

“Before, it was muddy and overgrown. Now it’s much more useable. With spring and summer on their way, we hope people will appreciate it being there and that it will encourage more people to get outdoors and to exercise.”

Cllr Anne Gower has also supported the idea and is pleased that the area will gain more of an identity.

“I don’t know if it really had a name before,” she said. “The signs and the trees and the paved areas will help make it more of a public open space. Renaming it will help give it an identity it didn’t have before.

“I really want people to know that Gordon’s work is still continuing to have an effect on the town even after he’s no longer with us.”

St Edmundsbury Borough Council has already begun paving and planting work and is expected to install the new signs soon.

This is part of a wider raft of investments in Haverhill’s parks and public recreational areas, such as the renovation of the Quendon Place play area and the Recreation Ground on Camps Road.

Cllr Gower added: “I think it’s great that the place will be associated with Gordon now. He chose the name. All this will improve it for the public.”