Council leader wants to bring regeneration, growth and jobs to Corby

The new Corby cinema is near to completion

The new Corby cinema is near to completion

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A council leader is committed to building on the regeneration and growth which has brought a buzz to Corby in recent years.

After being elected as leader of Corby Council again, Tom Beattie wants the next four years to be about regeneration, growth and jobs.

Cllr Tom Beattie with others at the topping out ceremony for the Canada Square development

Cllr Tom Beattie with others at the topping out ceremony for the Canada Square development

He is confident people living in the borough will not only see the completion of projects like the new cinema, but also a drive to attract more investors to the town and create jobs, add to the new leisure offering in the town and look at plans including Corby having its own crematorium.

Cllr Beattie said: “The cinema and the restaurants are close to being finished, we have built the swimming pool and we have got a railway station so in terms of big signature projects, there isn’t many of them left but we will continue to look at the leisure offer.

“It is all about regeneration, growth and jobs.”

Cllr Beattie said the opening of the RBW restaurant as part of the new cinema complex was a coup for the town.

It is all about regeneration, growth and jobs

Cllr Tom Beattie

He said: “Spur is a very successful South African company, they have a huge number of restaurants in South Africa and for them to choose Corby as the location is an indication of the confidence that people have in Corby.

“We want to continue and build on that confidence and attract people like them.”

Cllr Beattie said he believed jobs could be on the way, and added: “At the moment we are talking to a range of different investors with ambition to come to Corby.

“I am confident that we will see some of that.”

Housing and health are two other areas he would like to focus on.

Cllr Beattie said: “We have to promote growth but it has to be sustainable growth and there’s an awareness to protect the environment and to look after the unique character of our villages and rural areas.

“It’s about Corby as a place to play, to live and to work, a healthy place, and providing affordable houses that people can buy and rent.”

The Labour councillor said he was pleased to see areas of the town had been regenerated under the previous administration, such as Canada Square, and he wanted to see more of this in the coming years.

But added: “Health statistics in Corby don’t always make for good reading.

“We are quite low down so improving the health offer is going to be a key goal for us.”

He said they are working with various health partners to provide more services in Corby, and added: “There will still be a need to go to Kettering General Hospital for the acute stuff but if we can meet 85 per cent of people’s health needs in Corby that would be great.”

A crematorium is another idea which could come to fruition for the town in the future, with money set aside in the budget for a feasibility study into it.

He said: “One of the things that we are looking at is the possibility of a crematorium.

“It’s a growing town and people would like that they didn’t have to go to Kettering.”

The recently elected council now has 24 Labour and five opposition councillors.

But aside from their political views, Cllr Beattie believes there is a good blend of councillors, with new and old faces as well as some younger members and more women.

The leader is keen for them to serve those who elected them by listening to their concerns and making a difference.

But he also wants people to come forward with any issues or ideas to play their part in local democracy.

Cllr Beattie said: “We want to be a council that works with the community and is part of the community, working with community groups so they see the council as a friend.”

And he added: “The councillors are there as your representative, that’s what you elect them for.”