Lakes plans will help whole county

An artist's impression of the boathouse at Rushden Lakes
An artist's impression of the boathouse at Rushden Lakes

Forty years ago my husband and I moved from Bedford to Rushden, a small thriving industrial town in East Northamptonshire.

The town was supported by a very busy High Street offering a multi-choice shopping centre for local people and innumerable visitors.

Within the past two decades, what can only be described as the complete denigration of the town has happened. Loss of the main industry and a town centre which now mostly consists of fast food outlets and charity shops.

Then a new project was proposed – the Rushden Lakes development which is an exciting opportunity to bring back growth and employment to the area.

News that our neighbouring boroughs were hostile to this essential development was astounding.

All their recent expansions have been unopposed despite the dissociation of Rushden and its residents.

The evolution of a waste area on the outskirts of the town for leisure, wildlife and commercial enterprise must be of irrefutable benefit for the whole of Northamptonshire.

As one of our councillors recently stated: “It’s surely our turn.”

Mrs L D Bone


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I have lived in Rushden since my marriage in 1966, and have sadly watched the decline of Rushden High street over the years, from a thriving market town to the sorry state it is now in.

Mostly consisting of charity shops and other cheap shops, there is very little to tempt people from outside to shop here.

I feel, that if the enterprise known as the Rushden Lakes development was allowed to go ahead, it would breathe new life into the town, not to mention the jobs it would create for local people.

The development of the lakes and river would encourage local wildlife and create a leisure facility, not only for local people but for the surrounding community as well.

Linda Pibworth


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I write to express my support for the proposed development of Rushden Lakes. This exciting project will deliver many much-needed jobs to the residents in the locality including the borough of Wellingborough and particularly the parish of Wollaston where I am proud to represent my fellow residents as a member of Wollaston Parish Council. Further it will bring many much-needed facilities to the locality.

I understand the concerns of the borough and district councils in the county of Northamptonshire as to the effect on the retail trade in their areas, but I am convinced these are totally unfounded.

Geoffrey Simmons


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The Ski Club in Rushden has been ripe for suitable development for many years.

Just when a logical development is put forward, self-interest kicks in to raise objections. Almost certainly under pressure from the Grosvenor Centre developers who have threatened to cut back on their investment if Northampton Council doesn’t object to Rushden, the council falls in line.

Strangely, they didn’t object to Riverside or Sixfields.

Rushden, and Wellingborough, desperately need some development.

Northampton and Corby in recent years have cornered the market in investment, including a railway station on a spur to nowhere.

The Rushden Lakes investment will bring welcome development to the Wellingborough and Rushden area of the county which so far has received little of the county investment which has taken place, rather than consign these towns to become deteriorating dormitory towns. Why should their residents have to travel 15 miles to shop?

Mark Carrington

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I note in the Northants Telegraph that any person wishing to make their views known about the proposed Rushden Lakes development need to send three copies of their letter to the Planning Inspectorate.

Are their civil servants incapable of copying documents?

Dave Cornhill


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The controversy regarding Rushden Lakes seems petty as competition is good for business.

Riverside just outside Northampton surely does more harm to the Grosvenor Centre trade than Rushden Lakes ever would, and at Kettering the Venture Retail Park has affected trade at the Newlands Centre already, so why pick on the Rushden Lakes scheme?

M J Goode


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It appears that the persecution of the disabled has found new heights with the callous introduction of the Government’s so-called “Bedroom Tax”.

It has been proven that a great number of disabled persons will be directly affected by this seemingly Nazi-style persecution of the disabled.

We as a family will be undoubtedly affected by this new scheme to save money as we live in a modest small three-bedroomed semi and there are just three of us.

Both my wife and son suffer from accute disability and I am their carer.

We do get a respite nurse to help give us a break from our son’s disabilities but even this seemingly will be given no consideration in the new callous tax that will come into effect on April 1.

How can disabled people be expected to simply relinquish their much-loved safe environment, where many have spent years getting their homes the way they love, or face the fact of having to find the extra cash from their meagre disability living allowance?

Who will pay for the move? Who will finance the new furnishings and appliances and remove all the old unusable items from their homes?

How can it be seen that people with limited quality of life and who have lived in their current homes for many years should be thrown out?

With disability, space is a key factor for many with the extra room needed for medical equipment and for carers to stay when needed. But this seemingly holds no merit in the decision to purposely victimise those who already face trauma and fear most days.

Disability is something that is not asked for, nor deserved, and a quality of life is very little to ask for when even days out are few and far between or non-existent.

Those already housed and settled should be left alone to be able to make the most of their lives in the place they call home and not terrified by a seemingly callous and menacing Government and local authorities.

What future is there for the disabled?

Andrew Meads


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We are extremely pleased that following our campaign to save Corby’s police community support officer service, Corby Council has agreed to preserve the £50,000 annual funding for the service, which it had been consulting about cutting.

This has been achieved without any rise in council tax.

It has been possible to save the PCSO service firstly because of additional funding provided to Corby Council by the coalition Government; and secondly because of a change in the council’s treatment of revenue generated by garage rentals.

While we are delighted that we have been able to freeze council tax and save essential services this year, Corby Council must take drastic action in the coming months to get its financial house in order or it may be forced in next year’s budget to impose large-scale tax rises and deep service cuts.

Last year the council’s Conservative group proposed incorporating leisure services into a trust fund which would save the council £200,000 every year through decreased VAT and non-domestic rate contributions, without any change to the level and quality of services.

These proposals were rejected by the council’s ruling Labour Group on idealogical grounds.

This year we will again be proposing leisure services are incorporated into a trust to prevent the need for tax rises and service cuts next year and we hope that the council’s administration will accept our proposals this time around.

Cllrs David Sims, Rob
McKellar, Stan Heggs
and Ray Lilley

Corby Conservative group

Corby Council

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The decline in songbirds is not caused by domestic cats.

Chickens have grit boxes in their houses to provide calcium which strengthens eggshells.

Inadequate natural calcium carbonate levels in soil have developed due to acid rain. This is a combination of air pollution and rain which penetrates the ground on which birds search for their food.

This results in frail wild bird eggshells and high mortality rates in the chicks. People can help them this spring by saving their eggshells crushing them to powder then scattering the powder on the garden.

Diane Bulley


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I refer to the article on January 18 on a proposal to develop a Resource Recovery Park at Gretton Brook Road, Corby.

It’s a shame the article seems to simply reflect a petition that is doing the rounds, the basis of which is unfortunately a poor and badly researched reflection of the facts of this proposal.

A Resource Recovery Park isn’t another name for a waste plant!

The waste parts of the overall concept already have planning permission, what we are now looking to do is to attract businesses and jobs to the land adjacent to those permitted facilities which will benefit from the heat, energy and services that can be offered.

The use of dramatic expressions and references to ‘stench’ and ‘flies’ further demonstrates complete lack of understanding of the proposal. There is no proposal for any facility that will produce smells or attract flies. I would encourage people to read what the application is for, not what someone tells you it is.

There is an exhibition at Gretton Village Hall this coming Friday and Saturday at which we will be able to answer any questions raised and explain what is, and isn’t, proposed. Surely any proposal offering the prospect of 3,000 jobs is worth a detailed assessment.

Jon Garvey

Director, JS2 Consulting Ltd

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