A visit to the Public Rights of Way pages of the Northamptonshire County Council website will reveal the status of Furnace Lane as “under investigation”.
It has been “under investigation” since August 2007, when the application for it to be designated a restricted byway was made.
This was some three years before the lane was blocked to pedestrians and cyclists.
Now, as the sixth anniversary of the application approaches, there is little sign that the Definitive Map Office at the council is any closer to reaching a conclusion to its investigation.
It is a pity the county council has been asking itself the wrong question since 2007. The question it has posed is: “What is the legal status of Furnace Lane?”
It should be asking “Would it be beneficial to Kettering if pedestrians and cyclists could use Furnace Lane?”
Since this would provide a route free of motor vehicles from one of the main residential areas in the town to its principal industrial area, the answer is patently “yes”.
The alternative routes via Rothwell Road or A43 Northern Bypass are equally unattractive to most people.
The staff of the Definitive Map Office, as local government employees, cannot ask the second question. Their remit is solely to examine the legal status of Furnace Lane.
They also have a duty of impartiality. However, our elected representatives do not have any such constraits. They can consider the wider benefits that access to Furnace Lane would provide.
This is an election year for Northamptonshire County Council. I shall certainly be asking the candidates for my local ward to outline their attitude to this.
I shall be particularlyinterested to learn from the present incumbent why this situation has been allowed to persist for so long. I invite Kettering residents to do the same.
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My safety fears over waste plant
There are a number of safety points about the Brookfield Resource Recovery Park which I have not seen mentioned which should be considered.
The proposed development will provide heat and power from the waste. This is likely to involve processes including a gasification plant.
I believe this technology has not been developed to a reliable standard.
A most recent plant was shut down for four months due to emissions limit breaches.
A plant based on unproven technology in close proximity to residential and commercial areas cannot be considered sensible.
The emissions related to dioxins. It does not appear sensible to build a plant which emits dioxins, with the known safety risks, so close to Corby and the surrounding villages.
The plant is likely to create up to 500 return lorry movements per day.
The number of refuse lorry loads generated in the borough is less than eight per day.
This would mean that more than 95 per cent of the waste is from outside the borough.
This imported waste could have more undesirable contents, as it has become special waste that is worthy of paying a premium to transport it to Corby from elsewhere.
This imported waste could be more harmful to the borough.
How do they work out job numbers?
In response to the comments by the spokesman for Gretton Brook Estates on April 14, in which he claimed that the proposed resource recovery park will generate 3,000 jobs, I would like to ask you how you arrived at this figure?
My understanding is that a formula is used based on the size and category of the units combined.
I would like to know how the sizes of the proposed units were calculated, and on what information it was based.
If the calculation was based solely on your company’s input, then the job figure must be, to say the least flawed.
If the figures were supplied by your potential investors, then without giving names you must be able to tell us what the investors plan to use the sites for, and also the number of jobs they will actually be bringing to Corby.
Do you remember the ironworks?
I am making a study of the former Kettering Iron and Coal Co. Ltd whose works were situated off Rockingham Road, Kettering, producing pig-iron, road-making materials, from 1878 until the early 1960s.
I would be particularly interested in speaking to any former employees who might still be with us and any local folk who might have some recollections of the ironworks.
Does anyone own any photographs of KI, as it was universally known? I can be contacted at132 Station Road, Burton Latimer, Kettering, Northants, NN15 5NU, or by calling 01536 724646 .
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Disrespect has damaged town
The Corby Labour Party could have acted with dignity and withdrawn quietly from the council meeting, allowing the Conservatives to pay their respects to Margaret Thatcher.
Instead they chose to deride the Tories and mock the now deceased former prime minister.
Their protest made the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
It damaged the reputation of the town. People countrywide now regard us as a community led by a bunch of disrespectful buffoons.
Why vote for any of main parties?
Once again we are asked to place our mark on a ballot paper to decide which local party runs our town. But before you all do I would like the readers to consider this.
The top three parties all go to the same schools together, live in the same area, the same type of housing, they go to university together, are in the same clubs and socialise together, once elected as an MP they even work together in the same buildings, and end the day smoking, drinking and occasionally fighting together in the same golf clubs.
Do you really believe they are so abstractly different in their policies that they (whoever they are) can change the way the country is run, or even want to in any major way?
Of course they cannot, they have to work together to agree and get policies through the House – even when it comes to arranging one and another’s leaders funeral.
We are brainwashed into believing that three figures placed before us in May have differing points of view and can change how the UK operates simply by telling us so, with a few TV programmes and adverts. I know in my heart just as you do this country has inherited a train wreck and turned it into a multiple pile-up on a scale never seen in the political history of the United Kingdom (I use that term loosely).
I will be voting for a very obscure party or defacing my ballot paper, as I no longer believe what is on offer is all there is or the only way we can overcome our problems.
I will be withdrawing my support in May and urge everyone else to do the same.
I am done with these three parties.
We must find another way, refuse to participate in the ridiculous game.
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Hospital care has been splendid
I am writing in praise of Kettering General Hospital after being a patient here for 25 years.
I have also had the experience of being cared for, and operated on, at four hospitals in the London area, where I lived for 20 years until 1988.
The contrast between the two areas has been dramatic. During my time being cared for in the London area I was upset and disturbed by some of the care that I received.
I found there was, overall, a basic lack of care and understanding for the patients. I saw many examples of callous and quite awful treatment. One hospital I referred to as Colditz – and one of the good nurses agreed with me.
I was born in Wellingborough and in 1988 my husband Stephen and I decided to move back to Northamptonshire, to Great Doddington.
I have had rheumatoid arthritis for 50 years and I am also a diabetic. As a result I have needed to visit Kettering General Hospital more than 100 times over the past 25 years.
I have had some 25 operations on my hands, back, elbows, knees, wrists, hips, ankles and toes for my arthritis.
I have also had two cataracts removed and an operation for a cancer of the kidney. I also recently had experience of the accident and emergency department when I attended on April 7 with a suspected broken ankle.
As a result of my long experience with the NHS I think I am in a position to say just how good Kettering General Hospital is.
When I first came here, after all my negative experiences in the London area, it was with some trepidation. But I needn’t have worried. The care provided by all of the staff at Kettering General Hospital has been splendid.
Not only have the consultants been excellent – I would like to name David Bromage, Dr Ian Morris, Dr George Kallarackal, Peter Baronovitz, Roland England, David Payne, Dr Rizvi and Dr Patel – but also the many nurses of all ranks who never fail to remember me and remain so considerate.
The reason for sending this letter is to thank all of the staff at Kettering General Hospital who make it so much easier to be cared for. There is a lot of negative publicity about the NHS so I wanted to relate my very positive experience of Kettering General Hospital to show that the news is not all bad.