Fears over condition of historic Kettering hotel

The Royal Hotel
The Royal Hotel

A Kettering politician who called for a meeting to discuss the condition of a town centre hotel says he is “disappointed” his request has been turned down.

County councillor Mick Scrimshaw had wanted to meet officers at Kettering Council to discuss the condition of the Royal Hotel, off Market Place, after reading concerns expressed about the building online when they were aired by Kettering Civic Society and the Kettering Town Preservation Society.

They had said that the exterior of the building was in a poor state of repair and many people have posted photographs of the Grade II listed building.

However, Cllr Scrimshaw’s offer of a meeting was turned down by Kettering Council.

The council said: “We are aware of the condition of the Royal Hotel and officers carry out regular inspections of it. These are focused on the potential danger that the property may present, and from time to time the council has required works to be carried out to remove an identified danger.”

Kettering Council had been using the hotel as temporary accommodation for people made homeless. This arrangement has recently come to an end.

Cllr Scrimshaw said: “I am disappointed that local people haven’t been afforded the opportunity to meet with representatives from Kettering Council to share their concerns and to hear what the council is doing to address these.

“The Royal Hotel is a prominent and historically significant building in Kettering and we need our council to take action to safeguard its future.”

The Telegraph has made a number of attempts to contact the Royal Hotel, which is currently closed, this week.

However, the company is currently not answering its telephone.