New look for the town’s old heart

FIRMS in Corby’s historic heart have been given a makeover to bring them right up to date.

The parade of shops in The Jamb in the Old Village has been renovated in a £20,000 scheme by Corby Council.

Work began on the project on March 5 and now, after five weeks, the facelift is completed.

New windows have been installed, brickwork and joinery has been repaired and workmen have carried out roofing repairs and replaced pipes and guttering.

Owner of The Chocolate Shop, in The Jamb, Alan Booth, 50, said: “The shop looks a lot better – not so old and worn out. The whole parade looks a lot nicer.

“The tops of the building let the shop down but now it looks much better and it was a very worthwhile project by the council.”

Dave Hadden, 48, owner of family butcher D & L Hadden, also welcomed the new look.

He said: “All the improvements that are carried out in this area are good.

“Although the buildings have been given a facelift, they have kept the old-fashioned look and made it look cleaner and tidier. I’m very happy with the work that has been carried out.”

This building, which comprises of a two-storey terraced building, adjoins The Jamb and Chapel Lane and was constructed during the 1940s.

A spokesman for the council said its condition was showing signs of ageing, including rotting window frames, a leaking roof and general wear and tear.

The renovation project was brought forward by the council to maintain its good working relationship with existing tenants, help attract new businesses to the area and protect the value of its investment in the long term.

Particular care was taken to ensure that the work carried out was in keeping with The Jamb’s conservation area status.

Deputy leader of Corby Council Cllr Mark Pengelly said: “We are very pleased with the end result of the project.

“The building definitely showed signs of ageing and hopefully now the new look will help attract more people to visit the fantastic shops in the Old Village.

“We hope it also encourages new businesses to see the full potential of the area.”