Councillor Mark Bee, leader of Suffolk County Council, met with Haverhill councillors on Thursday, January 15, to discuss their concerns.
High-speed broadband provision was flagged up as being of primary importance for people and businesses in town and it has now been agreed that Haverhill is top priority for the next phase of high-speed broadband roll out.
“Basically, we’re top of the list,” said Haverhill councillor, Anne Gower. “It’s really important for the future development of our town.
“If you’re a business looking to expand or to move to Haverhill, one of the first things to think about is connection speed.”
Cllr Bee said: “Definitely, it will be done by Easter next year.
“I had a very positive and frank meeting with Mayor Roger André and local county councillors in Haverhill.
“During the course of the meeting we discussed a number of opportunities and issues that are important to the councillors and the community at large.
“Particular areas of discussion surrounded broadband connectivity for businesses and residents.
“I’ve taken away a number of requests and there are key actions for us to take forward in partnership with the town council and county council members.”
The Haverhill Chamber of Commerce has been instrumental in pushing for better connectivity for businesses in Haverhill.
“We’ve been campaigning for this, particularly in the Hollands Road area,” said Paul Donno, chairman of the Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. “For international trade, it is essential.
“I think it is something that has been needed for some time and the town should be pleased. It’s definitely something to shout about.”