Conservative councillors at Corby have drawn up a green charter which they are to promote to attract clean high tech industries to the town.
The Charter, called Green Corby, sets out a vision to make the town the UK capital for high tech and environmentally-friendly industries in a bid bring investment and highly-skilled jobs to the borough.
The Green Corby document begins with a firm commitment to protect green space in and around Corby and to encourage industries which are clean and safe.
Among its pledges are proposals to expand Corby Council’s Electric Corby community interest company to invest in a broader range of green industries beyond electric vehicles, to work with schools, universities and employers to promote graduate jobs in the town and to explore new local energy opportunities which could see a fall in bills for people in the borough.
The Conservatives say that they will deliver the project by seeking a primary authority partnership with green sector companies.
Leader of the Conservative group on Corby Council, Cllr David Sims, said: “There are large numbers of companies that will invest huge sums of money in high tech industry and green solutions. We want to make this Corby’s niche. It will bring well-paid jobs to the area and make Corby the national capital in the Green Sector.”
The Conservatives say that they will not promote any industries which will damage green space or harm the environment.
Deputy Leader of the Conservative group, Cllr Rob McKellar said, “Our number one green priority is to protect woodland and green spaces in Corby and its surrounding villages.
“One of the commitments in the Green Corby charter is that companies coming to the area must only build on brownfield land and that all of the industries must be clean and environmentally-friendly. We want the Corby area to not only be a hub for green industry, but also one of the cleanest and greenest places to live in the country.”