Tories pledge to make Corby ‘capital of the East Midlands’

Cllr Kevin Watt, Cllr David Sims, Cllr Bridget Watts and Cllr Rob McKellar
Cllr Kevin Watt, Cllr David Sims, Cllr Bridget Watts and Cllr Rob McKellar

The Conservative opposition on Corby Council have pledged to make the borough “the capital of the East Midlands”.

Team Corby, as the councillors call themselves, want to bringing new leisure facilities, shops and entertainment venues to the town over the next four years.

The Conservative group of councillors on Corby Council this week set out their list of priorities for Corby and its surrounding villages after increasing their seats on the council from three to four at the local elections in May.

Leisure and local amenities topped the list, which also features plans to bring more graduate jobs to the borough, increase the frequency of grass cutting and street cleansing services and tackle exploitative zero hours contracts.

The Conservatives say they are keen to promote growth in Corby but they will also protect the town’s surrounding villages from over-development.

Among the plans to bring local amenities to the town is the Conservatives’ flagship WeLoveCorby Tourism Programme, which they say will enhance facilities by giving leisure, retail and entertainment businesses access to a larger and more diverse pool of customers in Corby.

Leader of the ‘Team Corby’ Conservatives, Cllr Rob McKellar, said: “Corby is a great place to live, and the plans that we have set out are designed to give local people access to better services, more leisure facilities and good quality jobs all in their home town.

“Our plans are fully costed and a detailed policy announcement will be coming forward in the next few weeks.”

The group recently appointed a shadow cabinet with its members focusing on finance, housing, leisure and the environment.