Consultants to advise on town centre plans

Maureen Byrne
Maureen Byrne

Outside consultants are set to advise on plans for the town centre masterplan.

Three separate suppliers have put in bids for the consultancy work, which will see them advise on how best to proceed with developing Haverhill town centre in line with the town centre masterplan.

The move was discussed at a meeting of the Haverhill Area Working Party on December 11.

Councillor Anne Gower said: “There’s been an awful lot of talking about this in the last few years. There’s been a lot of talk about the High Street but not a lot has been done.”

Cllr Maureen Byrne supported the idea of taking on consultants but questioned how much the venture would cost.

“I’m really positive about this, but we do need to know what the cost will be for these consultants.”

Cllr Tim Marks responded. He said: “The planning services said £25,000 to £30,000. It’ll come from the planning budget.

“This is a project run by One Haverhill and a number of other partners.”

Cllr Byrne also warned about the possible ramifications of changing the traffic system in town.

“If the consultants say they want two way traffic,” she said. “You’re going to have anarchy on your hands.”

The masterplan sets out opportunities for improvements in the town centre, aiming to make Haverhill a better place to live, work and play.

As well as this, it sets out ways to make Haverhill a connected hub for business and an attractive environment that makes the most of its heritage and natural scenery.

It is hoped that this will be some way towards completion by 2031.

It is hoped the consultancy on the town centre masterplan will be completed by late summer or early autumn of 2015.