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Public reassured there are no plans to build new road

Members of the public have been reassured that there is no intention to build a controversial road through a belt of green land near the town.

Outgoing mayor, Roger André, addressed the issue at the annual town meeting, which was held on Monday, May 18.

Proposed plans to link Coupals Road with Great Wilsey Farm as a way of directing traffic out of the planned North East Haverhill development were initially dropped because of environmental concerns and the worries of locals.

Speaking at the town meeting, resident, Ian Johnson, who has previously spoken out against the plan and organised a public campaign against it, reiterated his concern that the Chamber of Commerce would revive the plans

This would, he said, frustrate their hopes of gaining a green park on the site.

He said: “The Chamber of Commerce has resurrected this issue now and are asking for a new road.”

Mr Johnson asked the outgoing mayor whether he could offer a reassurance that the building of the road would not go ahead.

Responding to Mr Johnson’s concerns, Mr André said the developers of the North East Haverhill development had indicated there were no intentions to build the road and that they did not know why the Chamber of Commerce had shown such a renewed interest in the idea.

“This matter has been discussed with the planners,” said Mr André. “They have advised that they have no plans to put the road in.

“They have no idea why the Chamber of Commerce wants it there.”

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