OPINION: Changes ahead as we start a new year

Speed cameras monitor the A14 at Kettering as widening work gets under way
Speed cameras monitor the A14 at Kettering as widening work gets under way

We are starting 2014 with a sense of changes ahead.

Work is now starting in earnest on the main construction work to widen the A14 which will no doubt cause us all a certain amount of disruption, but could in the long run improve transport links for the area.

Plans for the new £16m Tresham College campus in Wellingborough have been submitted and if they get the go-ahead and work starts, there will be students making the most of the new facilities there from September next year.

And next month will also bring the result of the Rushden Lakes inquiry when we will discover whether the multi-million-pound shopping and leisure development will be given the go-ahead by the Secretary of State.

The developers sound confident about the outcome and hopefully they are right and the scheme will become a reality and bring jobs, improve business and provide leisure opportunities where they are much needed.

Whatever changes we will face in the coming year, positive projects that support our young people in their education, provide good jobs, improve business prospects and even provide us with some opportunities to enjoy our leisure time will be welcome.

Let’s hope that in 2014 we will be bringing you much more news of positive plans and people who make a difference.

Happy new year!

Yvonne Martin, Deputy Editor