U pdates from Piper's Hill Councillor Anne Lee on parking, Kettering Symphony Orchestra, Isebrook SEN School, pavements, Hampden Crescent & Sea Cadets.
Inconsiderate parking is one of the most frequent complaints in our ward. I have contacted the Council several times regarding parking problems in Pipers Hill Road, particularly around the Pepper Shop on the junction between Pipers Hill Road and Wallis Road. Pulling out of Wallis Road can be a hazardous business with vans blocking the view.
KETTERING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
There is a wealth of musical talent in Kettering. I was invited to the Winter concert of the Kettering Symphony Orchestra in Kettering Science Academy and was blown away by the quality of the music. Peter Dunkley conducted the event, while Carolyn Nash led the orchestra and Jill Morton performed as piano soloist. The music was by Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Hector Berlioz. The Orchestra will hold its spring concert on Saturday, 1 April 2017 at 7:30pm in the same venue. (I have been reassured that this is not a joke.) I can warmly recommend these performances.
ISEBROOK SEN SCHOOL
Early December, I visited Isebrook SEN School in Eastleigh Road and was given a tour of the excellent work done in this school.
Here I am with Head Kevin Latham and Madeline Bailey of Isebrook school. I gave them a cheque for the renovation of a small kitchen at the school to teach independent living skills.
At the Kettering Town Forum meeting I asked to put the uneven paving in the pedestrian precinct on the agenda of a future meeting. Retailers have drawn my attention to the danger of slips and falls in the town centre, caused by sunken pavement in the pedestrian precinct.
Work has now started on a council housing block opposite the Warren in Windmill Avenue. The work will take 12 months but will result in 14 one-bedroom flats and 2 two-bedroom flats. I was invited to the launch event by the Council’s housing department.
The heating system will be economical and highly efficient, which will benefit the social tenants living there in the future.
This building also accommodates shops at ground floor level, including excellent butcher Geoff Towell & Sons (where we bought our Christmas turkey and gammon this year), a bike repair shop and a hairdresser salon.
On 19 December, the Sea Cadets held their annual prize giving event in their hut off Woodcroft Way. I was most impressed by the awards and by the display of parading skills, pristine uniforms and shiny boots on show. Reverend Helen Wakefield-Carr, Minister of the Toller United Reformed Church, said a few words at the event. Helen is a real asset to our community; she always strikes the right tone at any event and she manages to connect with any audience, young or old.
The Sea Cadets site has come under the spotlight recently because residents in London Road were alarmed by the felling of trees around the hut. However, removing these diseased trees forms part of an exciting project that includes the installation of a secure fence and the planting of over one hundred healthy new trees and a variety of flowers in the area. It will look magnificent by May 2017.
Anne has been an active councillor for 5 years. She represented Pipers Hill on Kettering Borough Council, and now represents Windmill on the new North Northamptonshire Council. She was a school governor at St Edwards Primary School for 8 years and has been a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for over 30 years. She has 3 grown-up children and lives in the ward, working as a freelance linguist. She is an impassioned supporter of community hubs, such as the Green Patch and the Grange Resource Centre. With a Master’s in political sciences, and a keen interest in improving the new authority’s communications with residents and businesses, she promises to be an active councillor with a strong voice, and is particularly interested in reducing carbon emissions and in supporting families with children.