Cllr David Roach said that it was a huge priviledge and honour to take over the responsibility of being the Town Mayor for Haverhill for the coming twelve months. " I very much hope to build on the great success of Cllr Mrs Betty McLatchy's year in office. I would also hope to be a great Ambassdor for our town and again, build on current and new links and friendships across Suffolk, across East Anglia and abroad that Betty has also promoted successfully during her incumbancy. I am very much looking forward to the year ahead and exploring other ways to see our great town develop." Deputy Mayor, Cllr Mrs Paula Fox echoed David's words, saying that she too was very humbled to have been elected as the town's Deputy Mayor last night.
Cllr Mrs Betty McLatchy was extremely pleased with a number of important town matters that she had been able to progress since May 2015 for the benefit of the town's residents.She was pleased that attendance at Council meetings had been so good with residents regularly participating in meetings. By listening to the opinions of residents, Flint Cottage has been saved, there has been an Adoption of the Youth Strategy and the Town Handyman has been busy making good various fabric problems that had been neglected for some time. The Arts Centre had benefitted from a £125,000 improvement programme and there remain further plans to renovate the rest rooms upstairs and to expand the building. One ongoing hot topic is the future of the Corn Exchange building that has been in a state of disrepair for some considerable time. A survey has confirmed that a considerable sum of money is needed to save the Corn Exchange. Further discussion about this major infra-structure project has still to take place and whether the project is one for the Town Council or the private sector. "I am especially appreciative for the incredible support of Ivor (Cllr I McLatchy, Haverhill East), my husband, best friend and Mayors' Consort throughtout my Mayoralty. It has truly been a wonderful twelve months. I am looking forward to continuing my voluntary work and fundraising to support health provision in Haverhill."