Call to help protect Corby’s green spaces

Land off Geddington Road, Corby, which was cleared to make way for industrial development
Land off Geddington Road, Corby, which was cleared to make way for industrial development

A Corby councillor is hoping to set up a trust to help safeguard the town’s green spaces.

Cllr Bob Riley has written to a number of individuals and organisations, including the Woodlands Trust, the Wildlife Trust, Groundworks and the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, to generate interest in the scheme.

He said: “Since moving to Cottingham in 2000, I have been acutely aware of the need to protect the green spaces in and around Corby borough.

“The threats I have witnessed have included Brookfield Waste Recovery Plant, currently in the planning process, the wanton destruction of the woodland area opposite the Holiday Inn in Geddington Road, Corby and the insane idea of doubling the size of the town without any plans for meaningful employment.”

Cllr Riley wants to set up the Corby Rural Spaces Trust, which would buy small areas of land in the borough.

He said the trust could also organise fundraising events to buy land, empower local communities to control the wild spaces in and around their areas and allow the development of permanent wildlife corridors.

He said: “The trust would make it extremely difficult for developers to swamp villages and communities with urban sprawl and would help prevent the expansion of recycling plants being built on greenfield and woodlands sites.

“The trust would give local people the opportunity to invest small sums, from as little as £5, in their green spaces.”

Cllr Riley is hoping to hold a public meeting to discuss the idea of forming a trust but a date has not yet been fixed.