Rockingham circuit on track for investment

Rockingham Speedway
Rockingham Speedway

Rockingham circuit in Corby has been included on a list of sites with the potential to attract foreign investment.

The list has been drawn up by UK Trade & Investment which recently sent a delegation to the circuit to see what it has to offer.

It works with British-based businesses to compete in international markets through exports. It also encourages overseas companies to look at the UK as the best place to set up or expand.

The visit by UKTI and another by the Homes and Communities Agency to find out more about Priors Hall Park, are two huge endorsements of Corby and its ambitious plans to double the population of the borough, which now stands at 62,000, by 2030.

Cllr Tom Beattie, who was recently re-elected leader of the borough council, is optimistic the targets to create jobs, build homes and ensure Corby grows into the kind of place people want to live, work and play, can be met.

He said: “It’s a big part of my job to sell Corby to potential investors and I’m optimistic we can build on the successful regeneration achieved so far.

“Other areas want to learn from us.”

The recent opening of Corby Link Road, the £3m investment by Tayto in a new production line at its Princewood Road plant, the new Savoy cinema and restaurant complex now being built and the recent assisted area status awarded to the town by the European Union are all signs its moving in the right direction.

Cllr Beattie’s agenda for the coming year is is to continue to push for growth. He said: “We don’t put obstacles in people’s way and we try to be as helpful as we can.

“We’re also aware of our responsibility to manage growth in an environmentally-friendly way.

“Corby is the manufacturing capital of Britain.

“We have a hard-working reliable workforce and existing and new businesses are looking to invest in Corby in the near future.”