Please give your town centre a chance

Visit your town centre and you might be surprised, says Philippa Queenan
Visit your town centre and you might be surprised, says Philippa Queenan

Is anyone else out there fed up of having to repeatedly go down the post office to collect parcels, or having your neighbours disturbed and then having to retrieve items that have been delivered while you’ve been out?

I am getting totally fed up of the whole internet delivery thing.

In contrast, I went to Kettering on a very rare trip on Saturday as I needed to spend M & S vouchers that were going out of date and had some small birthday bits to get.

When I got there, I found I had a wonderful few hours wandering round, purchasing everything I needed all in one go, and a bit more besides, with no postage to pay, no hassle, and thoroughly enjoying the buzz, atmosphere, and people of the town.

I came home and felt enlived and quite uplifted, having got out there, and I believe that more people, especially us women, will feel this way if they also rediscover their local town.

I for one, will definitely be visiting my town more often, and I look forward to enjoying the next trip.

So come on everyone.

Let’s enjoy the towns we have and encourage them to thrive – before it really is too late and we lose something precious.

Philippa Queenan


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Don’t expand beyond ring road

I am writing to express my utter horror at proposals to build 4,000 houses on fields between Corby and East Carlton.

Firstly, I would like to know where all these people are who need all the new housing the Government and councils are insisting on being built.

Secondly, I am deeply concerned about the environmental impact these new houses would have.

For every metre of roof, there comes drive, patio, pavement, road, schools, shops, hospital expansions, dentists, factories, power stations, etc.

It will be new homes plus everything else that goes with the human population.

Would they be required to have solar panels? I doubt that.

All this talk of global warming, yet nothing is done by the Government or councils to insist that real environmentally friendly housing is built.

You are all just pretending that building masses of unwanted housing will somehow boost the economy.

Thirdly, access to and from both the A6003 and the A427 would be horrendous. Most households now have two cars.

That is about 8,000 cars which will access the sites.

Fourthly, invariably new plans are used to start with, then builders submit amendments squeezing in more houses with smaller rooms you can’t even get a bed in without it having to be sideways against a wall, with no space to swing a cat.

Fifthly, as the A6003 becomes an internal road, rather than a ring road, how long would it be before a new ring road would be needed?

The volume of traffic on both the A6003 and the A427 would be hugely increased but inevitably slowed down.

The A427 is a major road with a lot of heavy traffic.

Sixthly, roadkill. Badgers, foxes, deer and birds are all regularly killed on the road.

Huge increases in traffic, albeit slower traffic, will not help the wildlife by also taking away hunting and feeding grounds from red kite, kestrels, owls, foxes, deer and a multiple of small birds.

So it sum it all up, no to expanding Corby beyond its own ring road.

Shirley Parker

East Carlton

Quick fix solution isn’t the answer

Yet another quick fix solution proposed for the regeneration of the junction between High Street and Gold Street in Kettering.

You may remember the original communal town bakehouse stood here in the 16th century which may give a clue to how this “heart” of Kettering could be revitalised.

A serious examination and discussion on the type of shopping and rateable values should be undertaken by the council to create a space offering more social meeting places and diversity.

This will not be achieved by simply pedestrianising the street and adding a few seats and potted plant trees.

What happened to the last proposal in 2011 by Kettering Council’s Suite Sixteen, which claimed to attract big names to the High Street and also included the same dreary ideas of trees, seats and, in that instance, a water fountain?

I remember this area as a boy in the 1950s; going to the Saturday morning pictures in the Odeon, passing the beautiful old grammar school, staring in the window of Bell and Billows and enjoying the smell of fresh coffee creeping from Roberts and Son grocers.

Admittedly, the traffic flow was less at that time but it was the essential quality of the environment and mix of shops which made Kettering a wonderful place to live and visit.

Sadly no more.

Professor Alan Brookes

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Saddened by the state of the grass

I am really saddened by the state of some of the grass verges in Wellingborough.

Third Avenue and Queensway are but two examples of damaged grass verges caused by people parking their vehicles on them, especially during wet and snowy weather.

Some of them are a disgrace with large holes and ruts which will also make it impossible to cut the grass during the spring and summer, and in some cases there is no grass left to cut.

The majority of people in this area, including Northampton Road, have driveways and garages in which to park their precious cars but are still too lazy or ignorant to do so and therefore help to spoil what used to be a nice area of grass for everyone to enjoy.

I feel that they should do one of two things, either repair and re-grass their particular verge in front of their property or be made to pay for the local council to do so.

I have always been led to believe that it is unlawful to park on paths and grass verges but even if not I would hope that people would have the intelligence or pride not to spoil someone else’s property and think they can ‘get away with it’.

Is there anyone else out there who agrees with me?

Paul Chatwyn

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The spivs are the real drain on cash

Regarding your front page which highlighted those especially disadvantaged children and families and the costs of services.

Statistics can be used to manipulate public opinion.

When the cost of education, libraries and health provision, without mentioning the other public services used by all families that make for our standard of living, and indeed culture, are totted up the figure would be high, but what would life be like without those services?

The costs referred to represent a socially responsible community. Can we look forward to front page exposures of dodgy landlords, speculators making millions in offshore bank accounts, tax avoiders and evaders, employers paying illegal wages?

These are the spivs who we really can’t afford.

But it is the vulnerable who are villified and stigmatised to deflect from the inequality of our society.

Tony Banks


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Focus on the needy elderly

So it cost us £90m a year for problem families in the county, yet elderly people are having to sell their homes to fund nursing home care because the government and councils cannot afford it.

Time we started paying more attention to the people who have probably paid their dues over the years.

Dave Cornhill


Asking us for more is unfair

Many thanks for covering our plight with regard to the bedroom tax fiasco.

Now, to rub salt into the wounds, after speaking to Wellingborough Council we are told that we will have to pay in excess of £14 per week bedroom tax and something we did not know about, we will now have to find a further £9 per month council tax which will apparently directly affects all those on benefits.

With living costs increasing, how can the Government expect people such as ourselves to find this extra money when we live hand to mouth on disability benefit? Do we not pay our gas, electric and water charges, or do we simply not eat?

It appears that the disabled are being persecuted. It is not a gift to be disabled. Disability is not a part-time setback. Disability is very difficult to live with and affects your daily quality of life 365 days a year.

Andrew Meads


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Ambiguity over waste plant plans

The Brookfield Resource Recovery Plant proposal remains ambiguous.

What are the raw materials the business will use, what valuable products produced, how much heat and power will be produced, how many jobs will be created and why does this has to be a green field development?

Come on Jon Garvey, tell us what this will do for Corby?

Peter Dowsett


Wind farm refusal delight

I was delighted to see that planning permission for a wind farm at Lyveden New Bield was quashed.

Rare treasures like this with its Elizabethan gardens must be preserved and not overshadowed by such monstrosities.

This should be the start of more such rejections. We must preserve the rest of our countryside, as well as the outstanding examples.

It would not be so bad if these wind farms were of any use, but they are not. How many other industrial developments are projected in order to work unpredictably for only 30 per cent of the time, for that is all these turbines will do.

That’s for 120 days of the year and I keep asking, what do you do for power on the other 245 days? I never get an answer.

Derek Clark

UKIP MEP for Northamptonshire