Opinion: Public spending priorities are wrong

Money should be found to retain Corby's fire cover and improve Kettering's police station, says Neil
Money should be found to retain Corby's fire cover and improve Kettering's police station, says Neil

The Government has this week managed to find billions of pounds to spend on public services such as roads, the NHS and flood defences.

Cynics may argue that this is little more than a pre-election sweetner, but the money being made available to this part of the county is much-needed.

The work to improve Chowns Mill roundabout and the A45 is not before time.
And, although opinion may be divided about the merits of the Kettering East development, there is no doubt that it could not possibly be imagined without the new junction 10A of the A14, which has won financial backing. And it could bring in huge investment to the area.

However, despite all this money that appears to be sloshing around, there does not seem to be enough in the public purse to protect a fire engine at Corby and 12 firefighter jobs from being put at risk.

Or enough to bring Kettering Police Station up to scratch and keep it open to members of the public.

It seems to me that someone, somewhere, has got their public spending priorities wrong.

Neil Pickford, Editor

@NeilPickfordNT