Boarded-up Kettering hotel to be covered in pictures

The Royal Hotel in Kettering.

The Royal Hotel in Kettering.

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A town centre hotel which has been boarded up for months will be covered in pictures to make it more marketable.

The Royal Hotel, off Market Place, has sat in a poor state of repair for some time since Kettering Council stopped using it as temporary accomodation.

Its site opposite the restaurant quarter makes it a prime location - but also makes its current appearance even more noticeable.

Kettering Council’s portfolio holder for town centres, Cllr Mark Dearing (Con, Desborough Loatland), hopes the move will make it more attractive to potential buyers.

He said: “The Royal Hotel is in private ownership and we are working with the owners to help market it.

“Because of its prominence in the town we are going to have pictures put on the windows.

“They’ll probably be of what it looked like, the old type windows that would have been there.

“I haven’t got the designs yet but we wanted to just to cover up the boardings.”

Ealier this year, Kettering Civic Society chairman Paul Ansell said the closure of the hotel was ”a great shame”.

Cllr Dearing said he hoped it will be used again in the future.

He said: “It’s a lovely old building and this will take away [from] the pure fact that it’s empty.

“While it’s marketable hopefully something can be done.”