MP’s objection not thought out

Artist's impression'More than 20 leading UK retail chains, including a large Marks & Spencer, will fill a new �50m shopping park planned to open near Rushden. 'The Rushden Lakes centre will provide 1,500 jobs,  bring several household name stores to the area and potentially attract 3 million visitors a year .

Artist's impression'More than 20 leading UK retail chains, including a large Marks & Spencer, will fill a new �50m shopping park planned to open near Rushden. 'The Rushden Lakes centre will provide 1,500 jobs, bring several household name stores to the area and potentially attract 3 million visitors a year .

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Our MP Philip Hollobone’s objection to the £50m Rushden Lakes project is not well thought out, because it is likely to attract people shopping from outside the region there; some of them may well visit Rushden, Wellingborough or Kettering town centres later on.

Anything which encourages projects or development ought to be welcomed in a time of recession.

If there was any need of protectionism, it could be directed towards fewer retail shops on the site, more business pars, and new leisure facilities (the lakes make an obvious target); not by calling for cancellation?

Why not also rebuild Rushden/Higham Ferrers Railway too, maybe not an easy option, and needing collaboration of partners rather than volunteers which could never reach the £15m or so investment required.

Timothy J L Collier

Union Street,

Kettering