Montagu Street Issues

By John Padwick on June 30, 2020

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Following the closures of the parking bays along Montagu Street which is designed to give more space to for social distancing for potential customers for the businesses along there, Councillors Keli Watts and Mick Scrimshaw visited traders to see what they thought of the new project.

Keli said, “There were lots of constructive comments both good and bad and we have passed these on to both the County Council and Kettering Borough Council as a way hopefully to bring about improvements to this scheme which was rushed through following government pressure, but also to improve and inform any future schemes.”

According to the councils, areas for possible future works may include Silver Street, Lower Street and Sheep Street, plus potential cycle parking facilities.

Mick commented, “It is essential that the views and opinions of local businesses are taken into account which unfortunately did not happen for the Montagu Street changes, and out criticism and concerns about that have already been passed to the County Council, and in reply they have accepted they should have done things differently.

Hopefully our comments following the visit will underline that view and make them more likely to be proactive in the future.”

John is the Campaign Co-ordinator for Kettering Labour. He's lived in Geddington for 30 years and is a longstanding parish councillor. He is a teacher, running his own tuition & consultancy business and is an active campaigner on LGBT issues. He is also a keen actor in the village and more widely and champions rural touring arts, regularly promoting live performances in Geddington Village Hall.

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