Council hopes Kettering street will re-open soon as work on neglected hotel continues

West Street is closed to vehicles.
West Street is closed to vehicles.

Kettering Council says it hopes West Street will fully re-open to traffic soon.

The road is currently closed due to emergency works on the Royal Hotel, which failed to be sold at auction last year.

Rob Harbour, Kettering Council’s head of development services, said: “Following a number of years of neglect by successive owners of the Royal Hotel, Kettering Council has had to step in and is in the process of carrying out emergency works to a part of the stable block at the rear of the hotel.

“In the first instance, this has involved the temporary closure of West Street to vehicular traffic in order to safeguard members of the public while an assessment of the upper parts of the building have been carried out to establish the extent of the work required.

“Works to remove an area of high level masonry and stabilise part of the roof are now under way and the council hopes that West Street may be re-opened to traffic in the near future.”

Independent councillor Michael Brown said the council could have stepped in earlier.

He said: “It is very sad to see that we have got to this point with the Royal Hotel.

“I raised this issue when I was a member of the Conservative cabinet at Senior Management Team meetings and was told outright that it was not ‘our gig’ and was accused of causing trouble by colleagues when I tried to raise it again.

“Once again, this council is on the back foot over important heritage issues that could have easily been resolved for less cost, earlier on.”