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Iceland building in Suffolk town bought by council

PUBLISHED: 09:36 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:52 10 May 2018

John Griffiths, leader  of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, John Mayhew, chairman of ONE Haverhill and David Roach, mayor of Haverhill. Picture: ST EDMUNDSBURY BOROUGH COUNCIL

John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, John Mayhew, chairman of ONE Haverhill and David Roach, mayor of Haverhill. Picture: ST EDMUNDSBURY BOROUGH COUNCIL

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A building in a prime location on Haverhill’s High Street – which currently houses a supermarket – has been bought by the borough council for nearly £2million.

The property, at 20 High Street, has been purchased by St Edmundsbury Borough Council for £1.97m and will continue to be occupied by Iceland.

John Griffiths, St Edmundsbury Borough Council leader, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to use our strategic investment fund to secure this key site to express our support for, and investment in, Haverhill’s High Street.

“It also illustrates our commitment to help deliver the town centre masterplan and the future prosperity of Haverhill.”

The commercial building was purchased at auction on March 28.

Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury Borough Council cabinet member for planning and growth, and chairman of the ONE Haverhill Town Centre Masterplan Core Group, said: “This is excellent news for Haverhill. Ownership of key properties is vital to delivering the long term ambitions contained in the town centre masterplan and we acted swiftly to secure this site when the opportunity arose.

“This is a positive step that will contribute to the long term vitality of the town.”

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