More support for Rushden Lakes scheme

Yes2RushdenLakes chairman Helen Danzig, in High Street, handing out leaflets encouraging shoppers to support the development of the Skew Bridge site to Tony and Carol Butler from Rushden
Yes2RushdenLakes chairman Helen Danzig, in High Street, handing out leaflets encouraging shoppers to support the development of the Skew Bridge site to Tony and Carol Butler from Rushden
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The campaign group formed to support the proposed Rushden Lakes development says there’s huge public support for it to go ahead.

Members of the Yes2RushdenLakes group are urging people to write to the planning inspector who will have the final say on the development in order to show the level of support for the plans locally.

A planning inquiry is set to take place in June following the decision by the Secretary of State to call in East Northamptonshire Council’s move to grant planning permission.

That decision followed opposition by Corby, Kettering and Northampton borough councils. Wellingborough Council did not oppose the scheme, and Rushden, Irthlingborough and Higham Ferrers town councils all supported it.

The Yes2RushdenLakes campaigners have already handed out leaflets about their campaign to shops in Rushden High Street, and they plan to hand out more leaflets to people visiting Rushden High Street in the coming weeks.

Group chairman Helen Danzig said: “The response has been positive. I would say that 99.9 per cent of the shop owners said that they fully support it. Rushden Lakes is absolutely what people want. Everybody wants it for their children’s future. There are so many positives – I can’t really think of any negatives.

“The only reason we are having to fight like this is because of the other councils.”

There was good news for local fishermen this week after the Rushden Lakes developer, LXB, came to an agreement with angling clubs in Rushden and Irthlingborough to allow them continued access to fishing on the site.

A spokesman for Nene Valley Fisheries said: “We have 5,000 followers and many of these travel the length of the country to fish on these awesome lakes.”

Mrs Danzig added: “This is great news. I know there were some concerns from local anglers about if there would be access to the lakes and this news is very welcome. This agreement opens up the Lakes for anglers for years to come.”