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Public urged to ‘get involved’ with masterplan consultation

Members of the public are being given the opportunity to shape the town’s future for the next 30 years.

A public consultation on the Haverhill Town Masterplan will be launched on Monday, March 9, with members of the public being encouraged to give their views on the issues and challenges facing the town centre.

Sarah Howard, Chairman of ONE Haverhill, the group delivering the consultation, said: “The town centre masterplan is an important part of the planning process for any town and I would urge all residents and businesses to have their say in this as this will guide planners as to what we want for Haverhill in the future.

“Shaping the future of the town centre is in our hands.”

The first phase of public consultation will last until April 17. A second phase, where the public can view a draft copy of the masterplan and give their comments, will take place between June 8 and July 17.

There will be a drop in session at Haverhill Arts Centre between 10am and 7pm on March 26 and there will be a masterplan stall in Haverhill market between 8am and 4pm on March 27 and March 28.

“The message from all the councillors is to get involved,” said Councillor Tony Brown. “This is unusual in that, instead of being forced on us by the borough, it comes straight from the town.

“it’s quite innovative in that way. The more people engage, the more we can come out of this with something for the future.

“Everyone in the town needs to get their views across. Their ideas are important and this is the critical time.

“This could be the chance to shape the future of the town for the next 30 years.”

Cllr Maureen Byrne felt positive about the scheme and also urged people to take part in the consultation process. She noted, however, that the masterplan was just the beginning and that a lot of work would need to be done.

“We need to improve the infrastructure as well as the High Street,” she said.

The public will be able to give their views via an online questionnaire, which will be announced soon, and by filling in paper copies of the questionnaire available at public locations including the library, Haverhill House and Haverhill Arts Centre.

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