Bid to make parish church more ‘central’ to Kettering

One of the alleys next to St Peter and St Paul Church, Kettering

One of the alleys next to St Peter and St Paul Church, Kettering

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A project which aims to improve the area around Kettering Parish Church in a bid to make it a part of the town centre is being planned.

The Rev Dominic Barrington and architect Ptolemy Dean presented their early ideas to Kettering Council at a meeting last Wednesday.

The scheme aims to make the alleyways and green spaces around St Peter and St Paul Church more attractive.

Mr Dean said the work formed part of the project to improve the interior of the church which had been going on since 2011.

He said that historically Kettering town centre had developed away from the church, even though the church had once been in the very centre of the town.

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Mr Barrington said: “The churchyard is almost totally cut off from the market place, which is now looking far more attractive following the recent regeneration and the opening of the two new restaurants [Prezzo and Chimichanga].

“The churchyard can look uninviting and the adjacent passageways can appear gloomy.

“The question is, how can we think together with the council and work in partnership to utilise those spaces to their best effect?”

Cllr Russell Roberts, leader of Kettering Council, said the project could have exciting consequences for the town centre.

He added: “There are some nice vistas which could be opened up for the benefit of the town.”