Councillors say Corby park jobs claim a ‘huge con’

Plan of waste resource plan for Corby
Plan of waste resource plan for Corby

Three councillors have branded claims a huge resource recovery park will create up to 3,000 jobs a “huge con”.

Gretton Brook Estates Ltd has submitted an outline planning application to the borough council for the park, planned for Gretton Brook Road, Corby.

The company says the 10-year project will mean £100m of investment and will create 800 jobs during its construction phase, and about 3,000 once it is in operation. If approved, the park would bring together businesses to use the resource value of waste and renewable energy.

Corby councillors Rob McKellar, Phil Bromhall and Stan Heggs say the scheme would have a negative impact on local communities, roads, woodland and wildlife.

The councillors have also suggested that the developer’s claims that 3,000 jobs will be created by the project are unsubstantiated.

Cllr Rob McKellar, who represents the Weldon and Gretton ward, said: “The so-called 3,000 jobs proposal is a complete myth.

“It would appear that while 3,000 jobs may be created over the entire life span of the project, the suggestion that there will be any more than a handful of jobs created at any one time can only be described as a huge con.”

Councillors said people living near the proposed site will have to put up with smells from the plant, as well as noise and traffic problems.

Cllr Heggs said: “Not only will there be a major influx of heavy goods vehicles rumbling through the town and villages, but the extra traffic is likely to be a real hazard.”

The plan is to go out to public consultation in the new year.