Civic society is bowled over by roundabouts

Kettering Civic Society chairman Paul Ansell at the double roundabout in Northampton Road, which has scooped the group's annual Rose Bowl award.
Kettering Civic Society chairman Paul Ansell at the double roundabout in Northampton Road, which has scooped the group's annual Rose Bowl award.
7
Have your say

A new double roundabout which has improved the flow of traffic in Kettering has been praised by the town’s Civic Society.

Kettering Borough council has been presented with the society’s prestigious Rose Bowl for its work on the project, which was carried out in 2011.

Town mayor James Hakewill accepted the Rose Bowl at a council meeting held last Wednesday (December 12).

Monica Özdemir, a member of Kettering Civic Society, said: “In recognition of making a built contribution to Kettering’s civic scene, the Civic Society has a Rose Bowl which is awarded annually to the designer, builder or owner of a building or landscape.

“Congratulations to Kettering Borough Council for the way it has developed the town’s road networks to improve access to town and the flow of traffic, the twin roundabouts in Northampton Road make an excellent contribution to this.”

“We urge them to now consider putting another roundabout on the other side of the railway line to encompass the Leisure Village, bring in the Conference Centre, theatre and the International Volley Ball headquarters.”

Other projects in the running this year included the borough council’s landscape and maintenance team for their hard work and the good quality of landscapes and gardens, especially during the Olympic torch visit, the new housing development in St Mary’s Road, which the Civic Society said was very sympathetic with the surrounding area, and the civic functions at Kettering Borough Council.

Previous winners of the Civic Society’s Rose Bowl are Avery Healthcare, for their restoration and development of Elm Bank in Northampton Road, Tony Ireson and Ron Greenall, for their books about Kettering, and artist Chris Prout.

Alex Jelley, economic and regeneration manager at the borough council, said: “The construction of the new double roundabout was a partnership project delivered by Kettering Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council, utilising central government challenge funding. Before the works. The Northampton Road/Northfield Avenue junction was one of the most congested in the county, now the flow of traffic is much-improved.

“We are really pleased that Kettering Civic Society have recognised this important piece of road infrastructure through its annual Rose Bowl award”.

For more information about Kettering Civic Society, and to see a list of previous Rose Bowl winners, see Kettering Civic Society’s website.