Today, after a long fought campaign, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has approved the Skew Bridge/Rushden Lakes development. This development will bring 2,000 new permanent jobs, major retail outlets including Marks & Spencer and exciting leisure facilities.
This is extremely good news and like many local people, I am very excited about the benefits that this development will bring to our area. It is also testament to the efforts of many local people, including ‘Yes To Rushden Lakes’, who have campaigned so hard to help make this development happen, and in particular, I would like to thank all those who supported the Conservative Listening Campaign on this issue.
After thirteen years of a Labour Government that delivered very little for East Northamptonshire, Conservative controlled East Northamptonshire Council and this Government have made this project happen. This is local evidence that the Prime Minister’s Long Term Economic Plan is working.
Given this great news, it is now even more pressing that the A45 is dualled between Stanwick and Thrapston and that the Chowns Mill roundabout is finally sorted out. I launched a major listening campaign back at the end of 2013 to try and demonstrate local feeling on this issue to Ministers and ‘thank you’ to all those who have already signed up. However, if you haven’t as yet, more details can be found at the following link: www.votepursglove.co.uk/a45 – the more people who sign up, the stronger our case!
Once again, a huge 'thank you' to everyone who has worked so hard to secure this much-needed Skew Bridge success – listened, campaigned, delivered!