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New trees, pavement, seating and bins will be coming to Kettering town centre as part of a £4m revitalisation project.

Street scene work is set to begin in January along the southern end of High Street and Meadow Road as well as parts of Lower Street and Gold Street, with work completed by the summer.

The improvements are part of the Kettering High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) project, a partnership between North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) and Historic England to revitalise parts of Kettering town centre to improve the look and feel of the town and showcase all it has to offer.

An artist's impression of how High Street could look

As part of the works new street trees will be planted with replacement pavement and road surfaces, new seating and bins. The project hopes to encourage visitors to look up at Kettering’s fine historic buildings. Building owners will also benefit from the HSHAZ scheme with grants available for building repairs, shop front improvements and building conversions.

Cllr David Brackenbury, NNC’s executive member for growth and regeneration, said: “This exciting programme of works will breathe new life into Kettering’s town centre and unlock its potential. It is hoped that this work will encourage people to visit and stay a while and use the businesses and services available in Kettering.”

Cllr Jason Smithers, leader of NNC, added: “I am delighted that this phase of the project is starting, and we will all be able to enjoy the improvements by summer next year. This exciting project will see the area revitalised and I cannot wait to see the end result.”

Louise Brennan, Historic England’s Midlands regional director said: “Kettering has a great High Street with many fine buildings and huge potential. Historic England is excited to be funding these major improvements to the street scene. Good design, traditional and high quality materials will ensure these works complement the unique character of Kettering’s town centre.”

During the improvement works there is likely to be some disruption for pedestrians while sections are worked on.

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Roquette site sold for seven figure sum to help Corby transport firm expand!

Sanderson Transport used a seven-figure funding package from Lloyds Bank to buy the a 5.5-acre site in Sallow Road that is adjacent to one of its existing bases. The site was vacated by food manufacturer Roquette last year.

The site will now provide an additional 55,000 sq ft of warehouse space for Sanderson’s, as well as increasing the office footprint for its logistics operations.

It will increase the firm’s warehousing capacity by up to 50 per cent, and enable it to expand its growing e-commerce fulfilment services, which has grown in popularity since the coronavirus pandemic.

The firm provides transport and logistics solutions for a variety of customers, ranging from industrial goods to retail, with a fleet of more than 80 vehicles. It employs more than 140 people across its sites in Corby and Market Harborough.

The new investment follows a period of sustained growth for Sanderson Transport over the past five years, which has seen its customer base expand significantly.

Commercial director Ed Sanderson said: “We’ve increased the size of our operations significantly over the past five years or so. Acquiring the new site will give us even more room for growth and the chance to diversify what we do even further.


Despite a late fight back by visitors Histon the Steelmen made comfortable progress into the Third Qualifying Round of the Buildbase F.A Trophy. Corby were able to name an almost full strength line up while Histon – whose manager Lance Key played two games on loan for the Steelmen back in February 2008 – had former Corby player James Jepson on their depleted bench alongside two teenagers.
Despite being in far better shape than for their 5-0 win at Histon earlier in the season Corby found themselves a goal down after just six minutes when skipper Ed Rolph scored for the Stutes.
For most of the first half, however, Histon’s Christopher Gough was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers. He made a double save from Jordan O’Brien and Connor Furey and was again called into action when Lewis White strode forward to have a crack at goal.
The Steelmen finally made the breakthrough in the 29th minute when a right wing centre was expertly headed in by James Clifton.
Two minutes into the second half Gough saved from O’Brien, but was helpless in the 54th minute when the Corby number nine fired in an outstanding long range effort which found the net via the underside of the crossbar.
From then on it seemed to be just a matter of how many the Steelmen would get as they scored three times in a ten minute spell. In the 67th minute Steve Diggin headed past Gough to make it 3-1 and four minutes later the ‘keeper, who had done so much to keep the score down, completely misjudged a long ball forward by White to leave Clifton with an open goal to shoot into.
Diggin then hit an angled drive in to make it 5-1 and should really have claimed a hat trick as he struck the woodwork and hit an effort wide.
Corby then relaxed their grip slightly and Histon took advantage by scoring through Josh Dawkin (78 minutes) and Rolph (80 minutes) to make the scoreline more respectable from their point of view.
In the dying minutes the Steelmen were reduced to ten men when Joe Curtis picked up a second yellow card but saw out the remainder of the game without further alarm to book a home tie against Banbury United in the next round of the competition.

CORBY TOWN:- Matt Hall; Connor Furey, Kamy Alpindia Gille (substitute Kalvin Taylor); Elliot Sandy, Lewis White, Gary Mulligan (captain); Jude Brittain, James Clifton, Jordan O’Brien (substitute Oliver Gee), Stephen Diggin, Joe Curtis. Unused substitutes: Niall Towle, Owen Montgomery, Kaden McAlinden, Nemsnja Grubor (GK).

HISTON:- Christopher Gough; Ed Greengrass, Sam Collison; Josh Dawkin, Victor Garcia (substitute James Jepson), Oliver Brookes; Ed Rolph (captain), Babacar Camara (substitute Alex Stevens-Lee), Rhys Thorpe, Finley Wilkinson, Luke Lindsay (substitute Marcus Cole).

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