Help Shape the Future of Kettering Town Centre

Published: Thursday, 25th July 2019

We want your views!

Kettering Borough Council is pleased to be launching a survey to gather residents’ views on Kettering Town Centre. We want to know how you use the town centre, what you believe are the challenges, as well as your ideas for shaping our changing town centre.

Last year the Kettering Town Centre Delivery Plan (2018-2025) was adopted by Kettering Borough Council, to recognise the changing face of the town. It outlines a series of projects the Council aims to deliver or influence. The vision is for Kettering town centre to be a vibrant place at the heart of the community that is characterful, distinctive and fun.

A cross-party working group was set up earlier this year, to gain a better understanding of the changes and issues impacting Kettering Town Centre, as well as the positive and unique aspects of our town. This group, through talking to local businesses and residents, will submit a report and proposal to the Council’s Executive Committee later this year on how the Council can help the transition from a retail-led town centre to one which is community-led.  

We want your views and ideas! Please fill in the survey by 15th August 2019, to help inform the Kettering Town Centre Task & Finish Group’s proposal. You can fill in the survey online at www.kettering.gov.uk/towncentresurvey or by picking up a hard copy from Kettering Borough Council’s offices on Bowling Green Road, or a number of other locations in the town.

Rochelle Mathieson, Head of Commercial and Economic Development at Kettering Borough Council, said:

“Town Centres are changing rapidly, and they will be increasingly important as places to live, work and enjoy leisure time. Kettering has a lot to offer and it is vital we understand the ways in which people use Kettering Town Centre, and what their aspirations are for its future. I would strongly encourage residents, workers and businesses to take part in the survey to ensure the recommendations of the Task and Finish group align with local wants and needs”.

Cllr Greg Titcombe, Chair of Kettering Borough Council’s Kettering Town Centre Task and Finish Group, said:

“Our vision is for Kettering Town Centre to be a vibrant place at the heart of the community that is characterful, distinctive and fun. Through the Task and Finish group we have been speaking to stakeholders such as local businesses and landlords which has provided a valuable insight into their vision for the future. We now need the views of those who use the Town Centre, so we have a complete picture of local priorities on which to make recommendations to the Executive Committee”.