Measures taken ‘will make Kettering town centre safer’

Horsemarket, Kettering town centre
Horsemarket, Kettering town centre

Work has been carried out to make a town centre safer after the opening of new bars and restaurants.

Kettering Council has put in new lighting, updated signs and cleared alleyways to create a better atmosphere.

It has updated and improved the signage and lighting around the town centre. New signs have been put in to direct people to the car parking for Market Place, the restaurant quarter and the cultural quarter.

Trees and shrubs along alleyways from London Road car park towards Horsemarket have been cut back to open up areas and make people feel safer.

The council has also assessed all the lighting throughout the town to ensure that the main walkways are well lit and that lights are in good working order and stay on until the appropriate time.

Lights are being put into some large trees around the town, including outside Abacus in Dalkieth Place, in Horsemarket and outside Mangiamo in Market Street, to create a better atmosphere in the evening.

Northamptonshire Police has also made changes in enforcement and patrol.

It is all part of the Purple Flag Action Plan, a joint initiative involving Kettering Council, Northamptonshire Police, local businesses and community groups to improve the night time economy.

Guy Holloway, head of community services at Kettering Council, said: “These latest measures demonstrate that Kettering is continuing to develop and improve. Kettering is without doubt gathering momentum.”

Cllr Derek Zanger, the council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “We want more people to come into Kettering town centre at night to have an enjoyable evening and to relax and feel safe. These changes are part of a wider programme of improvements to enhance the town centre in the longer term.”

Police and crime commissioner, Adam Simmonds, added: “The council has made great strides over the past six months in providing the leadership and drive with partners, businesses and the local community to improve Kettering town centre. I see the project as a significant contributor to the county’s drive and commitment to the Local Alcohol Action Area work currently being taken forward across Northamptonshire.”