Kettering Council to discuss Poppies’ return to the town

The main stand seen from the Cowper Street end

The main stand seen from the Cowper Street end

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A debate on sports provision in Kettering, which will include the town’s biggest football club, will take place between councillors next week.

Cllr Michael Brown started a campaign last month in a bid to help Kettering Town find a new site for a stadium back in their home town. The Poppies currently play at Latimer Park in Burton Latimer.

Cllr Brown, who started up Twitter and Facebook accounts under the name of ‘Find KTFC A Site’ revealed he would be lobbying his fellow councillors in a bid to get a full debate on the situation.

And he has been successful with the subject set to be discussed at a meeting of the full Kettering Council next Wednesday (July 15).

Cllr Brown said: “I have managed, despite some difficulties and costing me my Cabinet position, to secure a debate at full council on Wednesday, July 15, on sports provision within the borough, which seeks political agreement that the council should help our local teams (including the Poppies) realise their own aspirations within their home town.”

Cllr Brown has also revealed the motion which will be debated.

It is as follows: “This motion recognises the enormous contribution local sporting organisations make to our borough.

“An active society is a healthy society, thus this motion wishes to endorse the majority group’s manifesto commitment to the borough.

“In particular we aim to regenerate some of our older leisure facilities and also to work more closely with our local sporting teams, to help them realise their own aspirations and future success within their home towns/villages.”

If any members of the public would like to speak on this item at council, they can email Cllr Brown at michaelbrown@kettering.gov.uk.