Tory Council ignores request for meeting to discuss state of Royal Hotel

By Mick Scrimshaw on January 15, 2015

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I recently wrote to Kettering Borough Council requesting a meeting to discuss the condition of the Royal Hotel in Kettering town centre.

I wanted Kettering Civic Society and the Kettering Town Preservation Society to be involved in the discussion so that they could have had the opportunity to hear what action the Council is taking to ensure the building remains in a safe, usable condition.

Lots of local residents have expressed concerns to me about the state of the building, particularly the big cracks that have appeared at the rear of the building in West Street.

In my note to the Council, I said: “I wondered if it would be possible to arrange a meeting with the two Borough councillors, myself as the local County Councillor and a representative from the Civic Society and the Kettering Town Preservation Society with officers just to receive an update as to what powers KBC as the planning authority may have, and if any action or discussions with the owners may have been taken.”

KBC responded saying: “At the current time there is no clear way forward in relation to possible remedial measures and consequently, I don't believe that a meeting would offer any benefit.”

I replied: “I am disappointed that local people haven’t been afforded the opportunity to meet with representatives from Kettering Borough Council to share their concerns about the state of the Royal Hotel and to hear what the Council is doing to address these.

“The Royal Hotel is a prominent and historically significant building in Kettering and we need our Council to take action to safeguard its future.”

Mick Scrimshaw is the Leader of the Labour Group at Kettering Borough Council, the Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance at Northamptonshire County Council. He has a public record of standing up for Kettering as a County Councillor for the Northall division in Kettering, Northants and since May 2015, a Borough Councillor for the William Knibb ward. He is a keen cyclist and also runs a family business with his wife.

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