New residents association for ‘forgotten’ part of Corby

The association is being set up for people living on Corby's Danesholme estate
The association is being set up for people living on Corby's Danesholme estate

A residents’ association is being set up in a long established part of Corby in a bid to stop it becoming a forgotten estate.

Residents from across Danesholme have got together and will be holding their first official meeting a week today (September 24).

The impetus for the new association has been a number of negative comments on social media about issues around the estate such as litter and fly-tipping.

Jill McTaggart, who is expected to be elected as secretary at Monday’s meeting at the community centre in Neighbourhood Close, has lived on Danesholme for 30 years and has been a member of former residents’ associations that have represented the area.

She said: “We often feel like Danesholme is the forgotten estate and we want to form a residents’ association so that we can get things done.

“We held a meeting in the summer to see what level of interest there was and we had 24 people attend, which was a good turnout.

“People said they did want an association and we have had about eight members volunteer for the committee and they will be officially voted in next Monday.

“We are aiming to have regular litter picks, social events and perhaps a fete.

“We will be asking people what they want.”

The meeting is open to all those who live and work in the area.

Danesholme is in the south of the town and houses started being built there in the 1970s.

In recent years there has been little investment in the area, however the shopping precinct could be eligible for a facelift as part of Corby Council’s plans to smarten up the shopping parades across the borough.

The shopping centre is also home to Danesholme library, which was one of the libraries marked for closure by Northamptonshire County Council.

It is unknown what the plans are currently for the 21 libraries, with some news from the county council expected in the coming weeks.

The meeting takes place from 7pm to 9pm on Monday, September 24, at the community centre in Motala Close.