Corby Borough Council have agreed to moves for the authority to spend much more than usual in the next year and a half on the town.

A high level of reserves the council hold is one reason given for the use of more than £5m before 2020. That's the year when Corby Borough Council could merge with other authorities to create a new unitary body for the north of the county.

The money in Corby would be spent on a variety of projects restoring amenities and making repairs. These include work to create play areas, help community centres, restore CCTV, invest in the Corby Pool, maintain the Corby culvert, restore all weather sports pitches at Lodge Park Sports Centre and improve the look of shopping parades.

An extra provision was also made to extend the Corby cemetery - the plans are subject to public consultation beginning in December.

The rail bridge at Cottingham Road near Corby's Old Village re-opened to traffic on Friday ( Oct 19 ).

Work to modify the bridge so it can accept electrification masts has been going on since the start of the year, and a projected completion has been put back twice in recent months.

Small business owners in the nearby Old Village have complained that the closure has put people off visiting the area and affected their trade.

It's understood Network Rail would be willing to consider individual bids for compensation from firms on a case-by-case basis.

Two men have been jailed for a total of twenty-four years for a rape in Corby.

31 year-old Florin Daniliuc formerly of Portree Walk and 21 year-old Nicu-Alexandru Paulet of no fixed address were convicted at Leicester Crown Court.

They were found guilty by unanimous verdict of the rape of a woman in an area adjacent to the East Midlands Pool in Corby on December 2nd last year.

A leading detective on the case said the men had carried out a violent and pre-meditated attack and that officers were delighted justice had been served.

They also praised the enormous courage shown by the victim throughout the investigation and trial.

The 2018 edition of Strictly Corby for Lakelands Hospice was held at the Rockingham Forest Hotel in town on Friday ( Oct 12 ).

From the ten contesting couples, Gez Lyons and Stacey Fotheringham were named the overall winners.

Donations on the night saw at least £60,700 raised for the hospice based on Oakley Vale, who provide end-of-life care.

Corby people can explore some of the subjects from the town's history thanks to funding from the National Lottery.

Corby Borough Council have revealed that almost £10,000 has been secured for the three-week project to run this month.

Historic collections of objects will be at the Corby Cube. The archives will concern Corby's steelworks in the Stewarts and Lloyds era, the traditional Pole Fair held every twenty years and the Weldon Roman Villa.

Residents will have the chance to attend workshops where they can handle  the objects and hear from specialists - the first session is this Tuesday ( October 9 ).

There are more details on taking part online at www.corby.gov.uk