Opinion: We all need decision to be made soon

A decision is needed soon on Rushden Lakes, says Neil
A decision is needed soon on Rushden Lakes, says Neil

It is more than seven months and 200 days since the closing statements were made at a public inquiry into whether the Rushden Lakes development should be allowed to go ahead.

And yet again, the decision has been delayed.

Frustratingly, no reason has been offered as to why there has been a delay.

But what is certain is that those who support the scheme, and those who are opposed, will be united in asking when they can now expect a decision.

Everyone fully appreciates that the Government has things on its plate right now, but those in Whitehall and beyond have not been dealing with flooding since July last year and somebody, somewhere just needs to make a decision.

Until a decision is made nobody can move forward.

The developers cannot make a call on when to start work or whether to come back with any other plans.

Those behind developments in Northampton who claim that Rushden Lakes will harm their plans cannot move on.

And, most importantly of all, the people of Rushden and East Northamptonshire are left hanging on what is probably the most important decision that will be made affecting the area this decade.

Eric Pickles needs to tell us when he will be making his decision, and stick to that timescale, so that we can all deal with the consequences of the decision he makes.

Neil Pickford, Editor