Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Haverhill: Town leaders threaten legal action against Suffolk County Council

14:00 02 February 2013




A MAYOR has claimed legal action is the only way to stop “unwarranted attacks” on his town by Suffolk County Council.

Leaders at Haverhill Town Council said they have begun a legal challenge against the county council after an announcement that a community centre in Camps Road will be transformed into a hospice outreach centre rather than being handed to the local authority.

The town council said it was told that St Nicholas Hospice Care’s bid for the Burton Centre was accepted over their own as the charity’s private donations and retail operations are more reliable than the council’s statutory right to raise money from taxpayers.

But Haverhill Mayor Pat Hanlon, who said the county council has offered to consider handing them the former magistrates’ court instead, claimed the situation was “absurd”.

He added: “What it has done demands action to defend the interests of the Haverhill community. Its reasons are nonsensical and it has ignored its own policies and priorities.

“What we end up with is a community centre being closed, and local people being asked to pay a high price to convert another building into a replacement.

“Wouldn’t it make much more sense to keep the Burton Centre as a community centre and offer a different building to St Nicholas Hospice Care, which has already said it is prepared to pay for improvements?

“Its logic defies any reasonable interpretation and we are determined to demonstrate that to the county, in court if that’s what it takes.

!We will do all we can to defend Haverhill against their continued and unwarranted attacks.”

A Suffolk County Council spokeswoman said the authority had not received any correspondence regarding a legal challenge.

She added: “However, if we receive correspondence to this effect in the future, we will deal with it through the appropriate channels.”


Corrie CCTV Screen

An abandoned van has been seized by police searching for missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie McKeague, aged 23.

Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue team search for Corrie McKeague just outside Troston Slades Covert. Photo Mark Westley

Suffolk police officers are attempting to trace a group seen talking to Corrie McKeague at a pizza takeaway on the night of his disappearance.

Archie Joe Darby and Daniel-Jay Darby. Archie, four months, was killed and Daniel-Jay was seriously injured after being bitten by a dog at their Colchester home.

A four-month-old baby was snatched from his mother’s arms by the family dog and mauled to death, an inquest has heard.

Police were called to the crash

A man in his 30s is in hospital with serious injuries after a crash Stowmarket last night.

Ron Harris outside the first home he shared with his wife, Nina, at Shingle Street before the Second World War. Photo supplied for Life on the Edge by the Harris family.

It’s a place with tragedy and mystery in its past – but as many stories of resilient determination to build a community amid its wild and isolated environment.

Corrie McKeague's last ever sighting at 3.24am September 24 2016. CCTV still from Brentgovel Street, Bury St Edmunds. The building in the background is the edge of Cornhill Walk Shopping Centre

A video of the last ever sighting of Corrie McKeague has been released, as four weeks pass with no new leads.

Stock image of the A14 near Kentford.

Two speeding motorists who admitted driving at 130mph in Suffolk have been disqualified from driving.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Most commented


Show Job Lists

Don't miss


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24