Petitions support Rushden Lakes

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Petitions have been launched in favour of the Rushden Lakes shopping park development following a backlash from other county towns.

More than 160 people put pen to paper in Irthlingborough on Saturday to show their support for the proposed scheme.

The Wellingborough Conservative group has also launched a petition in favour of the Rushden Lakes, asking people to show their support for the development by signing an online protest.

Shopping centre bosses in Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough have all spoken out against the scheme, and Northampton Council has threatened to take its battle against the proposal to the courts.

Irhtlingborough town and district councillor John Farrar organised his petition to give people from Irthlingborough the opportunity to have their say on the scheme.

He said: “There has been so much opposition from other towns so we are just trying to show our support.

“The petition is an opportunity for people in Irthlingborough to voice their opinion. I think the vast majority of people in the area are all for it. It would provide 1,500 jobs for the area and people who get those jobs might spend money in Irthlingborough.

“There was a lot of enthusiasm from people who were saying people in Kettering and Northampton should keep their noses out. They said ‘why can’t we have something, people in other places have got their shopping centres, why can’t we have one’.”

Wellingborough Council’s planning committee will have its say on the scheme at a meeting tomorrow night.