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Resurrected road plans rankle with residents

By Sammi Nice

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Plans for a new road that could improve the economic prospects of Haverhill have been met with dismay by residents.

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.

It was also thought that not enough traffic would use the route to make building it viable.

Now Haverhill Chamber of Commerce has renewed interest in the idea, saying they will put the idea again to the borough council.

“Not looking at this road would be a very short sighted thing for the town,” said Chamber chairman, Paul Donno. “The other road plans would all funnel traffic off towards Cambridge.

“This road would funnel traffic through the town centre and towards the business park.”

Resident, Ian Johnson, led a campaign against the building of the road. He and other residents were concerned about the road’s impact on the environment.

“I’m representing 350 people from all over Haverhill,” said Mr Johnson. “We are hoping for a country park for Haverhill on the site.

“If they’re now considering that road again, it will smash though the belt of woodland we are seeking to preserve.

“This is an important site for wildlife and research has shown that proximity to green spaces drastically improves people’s quality of life. It would be disastrous to destroy that.

“If the plans were resurrected, there would be fierce opposition from residents to it.”

Councillor Tony Brown said: “What we want is a green park. I can not see the rationale of putting in that road .

“I’m not happy about it. To have a road through there seems like a waste of money. We will fight all the way .”

Mr Donno added: “Housing developments can only be good for the town, but we need an exit to Essex and the town centre. We can’t just shove all the traffic to the left.”

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