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Haverhill Council wants probe into how Schools "consultation" was done

Feb 8

Haverhill Town Council has asked the County Council to clarify how its "consultation" excercise was carried out in Haverhill, the town's newspaper The Haverhill Echo reported on Thursday.

The Council has questions both about how wide the consultation was, and about whether the selective use of statistics was instrumental in winning Town Council support.

"I've written asking them how (the SCC consultation questionnaires) were intended to be circulated in Haverhill, what evidence they've got that they actually were circulated in Haverhill and to what extent the returns for Haverhill differ from the rest of the County," Town Clerk Gordon Mussett told the newspaper.

"If we can prove the consultation was poorly carried out then that may have more impact on the county council than us changing our view," he said.

The move comes just a week after Haverhill Town Council originally said it would not change its stance of supporting Suffolk's proposed abolition of three-tier schooling.