Bid to make Kettering town centre better for all

Chimichanga in Market Place, Kettering, has helped to improve the night-time economy

Chimichanga in Market Place, Kettering, has helped to improve the night-time economy

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A task force aiming to boost confidence in Kettering’s night-time economy has been set up.

Kettering Council is leading the scheme and have presented their plans to Home Office minister Norman Baker, and the authority is now providing quarterly updates on the town’s progress.

Cllr Derek Zanger said the aim of the task force is to improve the early evening offering in Kettering between 5pm and 10pm and this has involved working with pubs, restaurants and cafes in the area.

He added: “A lot of work has already been carried out.

“We have been talking to business owners in the town centre to see what improvements they would like to see there.

“We have also gone out into the streets to look at different areas and see what we can improve.”

The council says its ultimate aim is to win purple flag status for Kettering – an accreditation similar to the Green Flag Award for parks which is run by the Association of Town and City Management.

The eligibility criteria include safety, ease of movement around the town centre and having a good mix of activities on offer.

Kettering would be the first town in Northamptonshire to be granted the status.

Cllr Zanger added: “We have worked with the police, fire service, county council and the Street Pastors and they have had an input.”

Last week, the Telegraph reported how Kettering Pubwatch and Northamptonshire Police had teamed up to remind people to enjoy themselves sensibly during the World Cup.