Vison 2031 inquiry hears of lack of health provision and transport

Today’s (Wednesday, February 5) public inquiry into plans over Haverhill should develop over the next two decades have heard of the poor transport links and health provision that plague the town.

This morning inspector Roger Clews listened to concerns about roads, and whether the A1307 being dualled ought to be included in St Edmundsbury Council’s Vision 2031 document.

He also heard that the B1061 needed upgrading to improve safety.

It was said that there needs to be more provision of school places, and that half of the pupils at Little Thurlow Primary School are from Haverhill.

Some claimed Haverhill’s sewerage and water works will struggle to cope with the increased number of houses.

St Edmundsbury Council said it is working with the NHS and other groups to improve the transport links to health services and the health provision in the town.

This afternoon’s inquiry heard that brownfield town centre land ought to favour retail use, and that car parking needs to be maintained as the town expands.

It was stated that Haverhill needed more attractive gateways and that pedestrianisation should be written into the goals for the future of the town centre and being the ‘dominant’ preferences of townspeople.

It was agreed that the ambition of Haverhill having a heritage centre, ste to be at the Corn Exchange in Withersfield Road, would be written into the objectives.

The inquiry continues tomorrow (Thursday, February 6) with homes and communities in the morning (10am) and jobs and emplyment in the afternoon (2pm).

Both will be at Haverhill Leisure Centre.

Full stories to follow.

For all the latest news see tomorrow’s (Thursday, February 6) Echo.