I read with interest about the important local issue of the Skew Bridge site development, which was approved by our council and then referred to Eric Pickles well over 12 months ago.
We subsequently underwent many months of reviews, meetings and finally a public inquiry in June 2013, where the consensus indicated quite clearly an extremely strong view from almost every quarter of the community for approval.
Corby, Kettering and Northampton’s objections were entirely based on what can only be described as commercial jealousy and purely political interference against a unique development project to improve our local infrastructure and environment, and significantly increase employment opportunities.
We were informed of a delay on a decision on February 13 this year and then we are again informed unofficially that Mr Pickles is further delaying his decision to who knows when, which can only be described as a bad sign that we will be getting a negative answer as he and his party doen’t like portraying unsavoury news just prior to an election.
The excuse that Mr Pickles has more important “national Interest” flood issues clearly reflects the failure by him, most MPs and Government departments to multi-task.
Can they only function on single issues/problems?
Me, and almost all other company directors running small medium and large companies have to multi-task every single day. If we didn’t our businesses or companies would cease to exist.
So now Mr Pickles is heading up the flood relief work.
If it takes him as long to decide what to do as it has on our project we will surely need to invest in a set of water-wings, as we find ourselves submerged in bureaucracy and up to our necks in even deeper water.
Please Mr Pickles for once in your life make a decision – and preferably in favour of our deserving project.
Safety needs to be higher priority
At 8.30am on Monday, February 24, our beautiful cat Noah was run down and killed by a speeding car going up Tower Hill Road in Corby.
The young male driver did not stop but an elderly gentleman who witnessed the incident very kindly tended Noah and removed his body from the road taking him to his own home to keep him safe.
Noah was a very special, beautiful and unique cat and we loved him deeply, as did all who knew him on his visits around the neighbourhood.
Had this been a child who had stepped into the road, the outcome would have been so very different for the driver, as the speed he was travelling would have made it impossible to avoid a tragic outcome.
Unfortunately, since the two new schools have been built at either end of Tower Hill Road, this road has become very dangerous, not only because of the speeds but also because of the congestion caused by parents’ cars dropping off and picking up their children.
It is incredible to me that when the problem of parents’ parking is such an issue around the country, no provision is made when building new schools to alleviate this problem.
Politicians both locally and nationally make plenty of noises about the issue, but no concrete action is ever taken.
Yes, to many Noah was “just a cat” but I sincerely hope that we do not have to experience the tragic loss of a child before something is done.
Number of solved crimes is vital
I have stated many times that neither the police nor police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds can claim credit for a fall in crime that is a national trend.
As such the premise of his article last week is politcal propaganda and equivication.
He, again, does not mention the sanction rate.
It is not the reporting of crime to the police that is important but that when it is, what percentage is solved.
Crime reflects trends in society.
If less is reported, why is this attributed to the work of the police? To do so is ridiculous.
I suggest Mr Simmonds comment on the latest Value for Money Profile published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary because this does lie within his remit and puts his missive into context.
It compares Northamptonshire with other forces with the same profile.
In Northamptonshire sanction rates are 14 per cent less, charges are 15 per cent less and cautions eight per cent less, but Mr Simmonds’ office costs £900,000 more.
A more critical press would be asking for his explanation instead of providing space for a free recruitment drive.
The office of police and crime commissioner was always a waste of public money and there have been reports published that confrim this, the sooner that it is abolished, the better.
It’s dangerous and thoughtless
The poor and dangerous car parking at Newton Road School must be very close to the top of the league.
Cromwell Road, Hayden Road, Hove Road and Newton Road all become virtual no go areas.
It appears that the installation of drop kerbs for disabled people make it so much easier for others to park directly on corners without damaging suspensions – which is a godsend to lazy mums and dads.
If you sent a photographer between 8.45am and 9.15am they would soon have a comprehensive portfolio of dangerous and thoughtless parkers.
I have never seen anything like it
There is a need for better standards in local government.
This became obvious after Northampton became gridlocked with the opening of the new bus station.
Also, there are bus stops in the Drapery instead of having them all of them in the bus station.
And the new railway station appears to have dangerous steps which a lot of older people will have difficulty getting up.
The planners do not seem to consider different groups like they should.
There has been a lot of bad planning in Northampton; and in all my experience I have never seen anything like this gridlock in Northampton.
Do you remember Sundew’s walk?
I am writing on behalf of Rocks By Rail – The Living Ironstone Museum at Cottesmore.
This year sees the 40th anniversary of The Great Walk made by the massive drag line excavator known as Sundew.
It spent three months in the summer of 1974 walking the nine miles from Exton Park to Corby at just one-tenth of a mile per hour.
In doing so, the machine entered folklore in this region. It was a mammoth feat of engineering.
At Rocks By Rail, we have one of Sundew’s driving cabs which sits overlooking our quarry interpretation area.
On July 20 this year we will be holding a special event to mark the anniversary of Sundew’s epic walk.
As well as running our regular passenger service, we hope to assemble a photographic timeline of Sundew’s walk.
We wish to collect as many pictures as we can that people took of Sundew in that summer of 1974 and display them is our Sundew Cafe.
We would also be interested in any pictures people may have of the machine working at either Exton Park or Corby.
Any material can be mailed to us, or brought along to us on any Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday.
Anything donated will be returned if required.
Rocks By Rail, Ashwell Road, Cottesmore, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7BX
Performers riding on crest of a wave
Congratulations to all who were involved with the Corby Gang Show.
A good evening of excellent dancing routines and the rendering and volume of the singing. Well done.
I, along with many other people, congratulate the younger members of the cast for their performance and enthusiasm that came across to the audience who showed their appreciation with the cheering and clapping.
I personally would love to see the younger members of the cast being given more opportunity to show in a gang show what talents and dedication they have.
Catch the younger people while they are young and please give these enthusiastic youngsters more stage presence time and more role time.
Corby Gang Show has some wonderful young people I am proud of and make me proud to belong to the family of Scouting.
Keep riding on the crest of a wave and your lives will be more fulfilled.
Chairman of Rockingham Forest Scout Fellowship