A lorry park for Haverhill? Key organisations discuss options
Leading business representatives and local councils met earlier this month in response to the lack of facilities in Haverhill for the growing number of lorries travelling to and through the town.
Whilst welcoming the increased number of large commercial vehicles (estimated as about 500 per day) as a sign of the robust nature of the local and regional economies, participants expressed concern that without a dedicated local lorry park, there could be concerns for local residents.
John Mayhew of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Haverhill & District “Residents have already complained about lorries parking up in residential streets, where there are no facilities for the drivers. There is the nuisance of noise and litter. Many of the lorries coming to the town have travelled from Europe and therefore planed arrival at logistics companies based in Haverhill can be difficult to estimate. The result is they have to park up and there are simply no facilities. “The town is scheduled to grow further with more homes and businesses due to be built here. We need to develop a plan and then deliver it for the benefit of local haulage companies, lorry drivers, other businesses and the wider Haverhill community.
At this stage, we are looking for solutions both close to Haverhill and further afield as well.”
The meeting agreed that the first step in finding a solution to the need for a lorry park would be to better understand current lorry traffic flows and parking arrangements. A major traffic survey is due to be conducted by Suffolk County Council in the Haverhill area. This was expected to produce rich data as it would utilise Automatic Number Plate Recognition to show where vehicle enter and leave the Haverhill area. It is expected that data from this survey will be available towards the end of the year.
John Mayhew concluded “it was great that so many organisations recognised the importance of the issue and spent time discussing ideas and options to work together to find a solution that works for all.”
Attendees present at the meeting held at Culina Ltd. included local businesses, Matthew Hancock MP, Great Cambridge & Greater Cambridge Local Enterprise Partnership, New Anglia Growth Hub and the deputy mayor and town clerk from the Haverhill Town Council, councillors and managers from St Edmundsbury Borough and Suffolk County Councils, plus Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Haverhill & District.