For the second time in a few weeks, Eric Pickles has come to the north of the county and revealed incredibly good news.
Back in June the minister was at the old Skew Bridge site on the edge of Rushden revealing that he was approving the exciting £50m plans for the much-needed Rushden Lakes scheme.
This week he was back to reveal the Government’s plans to release money to help kickstart the Stanton Cross development on the edge of Wellingborough and to pay for significant works that should ease congestion on the A43 between Kettering and Northampton.
All this comes just days after another announcement of financial support to enable work to start on the East Kettering housing developments.
The Government’s commitment to investment in the north of the county is an indication of the need for financial support that has been lacking under this and previous Governments for many years. Northamptonshire has not been getting its fair share of central Government money for some time, but that appears to be finally changing.
Without investment, this county is in danger of being somewhere you pass through on your way somewhere else, or where you park your lorry to be loaded up to take goods away.
Investment, commitment, hard work and enthusisam can make us a popular destination where you can live, work and play.
And this new money helps us start to achieve just that.
Neil Pickford, Editor