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Kettering Town Centre set to change

Published: Thursday, 10th December 2020

Kettering’s cultural-led regeneration plans are set to rejuvenate the town centre over the next four years, creating a vibrant, welcoming place for the community to enjoy for years to come.

This year, Kettering Borough Council has secured investment worth over £8m to deliver key cultural capital projects which will act as the catalyst for this change. The latest updates include:

HSHAZ – Survey launched – Have your say!

The existing Kettering High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) project, worth over £4m, which secured funding from Historic England, is set to breathe new life into the historical buildings on the high street that are rich in heritage.

A new consultation has now launched to help shape design plans for public spaces within the town centre. To have your say and take the survey, visit: www.thisiskettering.com/hshaz-survey

New Signage Installation

From 7th December a new wayfinding system, displaying maps and key features will start appearing in the town centre. This project is working very closely with the HSHAZ project and therefore the new signage will have a heritage look and feel.

Each sign will give members of the public a whole range of useful information to help them navigate around the Town Centre. In addition, existing directional signage will be refurbished.

Rochelle Mathieson, Head of Commercial Development at Kettering Borough Council, said: “This £8million investment will act as a catalyst for change, supporting our local economy to thrive, and for our residents and visitors to enjoy an improved built environment which celebrates Kettering’s historical buildings and cultural heritage. To keep up to date, visit: thisiskettering.com/culture.”

Cllr Scott Edwards, portfolio holder for community and leisure at Kettering Borough Council, said: “Kettering town centre will see some fantastic developments over the coming months, and we are delighted that these changes will provide a fresh, rejuvenated visitor destination. Please ensure you have your say on the look and feel of the town centre by taking the HSHAZ survey at: thisiskettering.com/hshaz-survey.”

Note to Editor

HAZ, the government-funded Historic England programme aims to breathe new life into high streets that are rich in heritage and full of promise. The lead partners for the schemes (mostly local authorities) are working with Historic England to develop, transform and restore historical buildings into new homes, shops, work-places and community spaces.

Images:

  • Wayfinding: Credit to Ensign.
  • HAZ: Credit to Kettering Borough Council.