Hard work will continue, says East Northants Council leader

Cllr Steven North
Cllr Steven North

The hard work is set to continue as councillors have pledged to build on the success they say have already seen in East Northamptonshire.

The district council remains under Conservative control after last week’s election results, but they are determined to keep delivering for those who voted for them.

Council leader Steven North said: “A lot of hard work went into running the council, we think we had a good four years and we thank the public who voted for us.

“We didn’t raise taxes for four years and we have also delivered Rushden Lakes which is the biggest thing around here for a long time.”

Cllr North said Rushden Lakes would be a huge boost to the area, and said: “Rushden Lakes is not just for Rushden, it is for the whole of East Northamptonshire.

“There will be lots of places to eat and places to shop, it’s going to be fantastic.

“It will be something special.”

Despite a long wait to get the go-ahead for the major retail and leisure development, Cllr North said: “We stood by the planning decision.

“We felt we had a very strong argument, there was absolutely no reason why that couldn’t have gone ahead.

“The decision is done now and the sooner they build it, the better.”

As well as building on the Rushden Lakes scheme and ensuring it complements what Rushden and Higham Ferrers already offers, Cllr North said priorities for the newly-elected district councillors were likely to include protecting services, doing what they can for the town centres across the area and providing more jobs.

Cllr North said he was also pleased to see some new faces elected to serve on the council.

He said: “We have 10 new members on the council, and it’s quite right to do that.

“Some old faces have retired, which is always sad, but it is one of those things.”

Cllr North said the new faces would bring new blood and new ideas to the authority.