05 Jul Work To Start On Final Project Supported Through Government’s Accelerated Fund
Improvement’s to Corby’s George Street will start soon – the final stage of a series of North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) projects in the town financed from the Government’s Accelerated Fund.
This latest initiative will focus on improving links between Corby’s shopping area and the Parkland Gateway leisure quarter with enhancements to the existing zebra crossing and the creation of a new crossing near the junction of the Westcott Way roundabout.
The work, which includes modifications to paving leading up to the existing crossing and new signage, is due to start towards the end of July and is expected to take up to six weeks to complete.
Cllr Steven North, the council’s executive member for regeneration and growth, said: “I’m delighted to see this very important project for Corby starting as these improvements will make a very big difference to the town centre by creating a more attractive, safer crossing route between two key areas.
“This government funding has been crucial to a number of regeneration projects across Corby, which all make a difference as the town aims to become more prosperous, better connected, cleaner and greener, while also improving life chances and wellbeing for residents.”
Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the council, said: “Revitalising town centres across the North Northants area is essential in order for them to keep developing as hubs of business, culture and leisure and I welcome this funding which has unlocked key projects to help this to happen.”
In September 2020 the predecessor council to NNC was successfully awarded £750,000 through the government’s Accelerated Fund – a capital fund aimed at creating jobs and building stronger and more resilient local economies.
Part of the funding was awarded to Corby’s play parks which have seen a complete revamp.
Active travel has also had a welcomed addition from this grant to the cycleways project in the area.
While Tresham College students were encouraged to stay active with the new outdoors gym equipment on the Corby campus.
Plans to improve the town centre’s public realm and refurbishment of the popular market stalls were also completed under this grant as was the remediation of the Market Walk area in the town centre, which saw a vast improvement with this funding. This once unusable site is now an attractive area for shoppers to enjoy views over the southeast of Corby.
Georgina Ager, Vice Principal of The Bedford College Group, which includes Tresham College and its Corby Campus, said: “As part of Tresham College’s commitment to our students’ and staff’s health and well-being, and through them to the wider community of Corby, we applied to have improved and upgraded outdoor activity facilities.
“We are delighted to have been part of a successful combined bid and look forward to our students using our new gym equipment.”
Sovereign Centros on behalf of the owners of Corby Town Centre said: “We are delighted to have secured part of the bid to support projects that will enable us to continue the improvement in Corby town centre. The monies have allowed us to introduce new public realm and refurbish the established and popular market along Corporation Street.
“In addition the redundant area of land situated at the important gateway entrance into Corby town centre from the main car park has greatly benefited from a complete makeover. We are very much looking forward to the public to use and enjoy this area.”