Councils ready to support Rushden Lakes at inquiry

Leaders of Rushden, Higham and  Irthlingborough councils Cllr John Farrah (Irthlingborough), Cllr Sarah Peacock (Rushden) and Cllr Derek Lawson (Higham Ferrers)
Leaders of Rushden, Higham and Irthlingborough councils Cllr John Farrah (Irthlingborough), Cllr Sarah Peacock (Rushden) and Cllr Derek Lawson (Higham Ferrers)

With just a few weeks left until the inquiry to decide the fate of Rushden Lakes, neighbouring councils are preparing to show their support.

Rushden, Irthlingborough and Higham Ferrers town councils and Wellingborough Council will all be supporting the proposed development at the inquiry, which will start on June 25.

Leader of Higham Ferrers Town Council Derek Lawson said: “The area needs it because of the potential for 2,000 jobs. It would be a real boost for our economy and it would be a lovely facility for the people in our area. It’s not that we just want it – we need it.”

Mayor of Irthlingborough John Farrah said: “It would clear up a derelict site, it’s an opportunity for jobs, an opportunity for leisure and an opportunity for growth.

“It’s also an opportunity to give people in the area a choice.”

Leader of Rushden Town Council Sarah Peacock said: “It’s something that will hopefully revitalise the town, and bring jobs and tourism. Hopefully it will benefit all of the towns in East Northamptonshire.

Leader of Wellingborough Council Cllr Paul Bell said: “We have agreed unanimous, cross-party support for the Rushden Lakes project. When this support was agreed at a meeting of the council in April, we noted that roughly 2,500 jobs would be created and that the project would make a significant contribution to the economic development of the Wellingborough area. In particular, the closeness of the development to Stanton Cross will offer excellent local job opportunities for the future residents of that area.”