Aug 1 - Corby Borough Council have released the results of a consultation they held into proposals on the future of local government.

CBC mailed households and set up a petition in the Cube, following public meetings about recommendations to merge CBC with other councils.

More than 4,400 households voted against plans for unitary authorities to replace the current borough and county set-up. More than 200 were in favour.

The council's leadership say the results were very clear and would help put together a response to the Secretary of State on the proposed reforms.

They have been made following the severe financial difficulties at Northamptonshire County Council. Results on a countywide consultation that around five thousand people took part in are still to come.

Around 2,000 people have signed a petition calling for action over the loss of rural bus services.

Labour's PPC for Corby and East Northants, Beth Miller, launched the petition after subsidies for services such as the 67 were ended by Northamptonshire County Council earlier this year, as part of wider budget cuts.

The 67 served rural areas around Corby including Gretton. Beth Miller says she has now passed on copies of the petition to county MPs and the county council.

A plan to have other councils provide funding towards a new rural service is reportedly being considered by borough authorities.

An Armed Forces Covenant support website has been launched locally.

The Armed Forces Covenant Northamptonshire website gives the local armed forces community – from serving troops and veterans to new recruits and their families – access to online resources and support services.

Information about support groups, mental health services, healthcare, finance, accommodation and employment opportunities are available including details of services for those transitioning into civilian life.

The web address is

An estimated 65,000 people are living in Northamptonshire who serve, or have served in the armed forces are set to benefit from the service.

The website is being funded by Ministry of Defence (MOD) and delivered by Northamptonshire County Council’s web team.

The Armed Forces Covenant Northamptonshire is a voluntary partnership of local organisations to ensure those who serve, or have served in the armed forces are supported in their community.  



Corby's central woodland has once again been rated as one of the UK's best green spaces.

A Green Flag has been given to Thoroughsale and Hazel Wood for the seventh year in a row.

Now into its third decade, the award is designed to make the public aware that a space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent  visitor facilities.

Volunteers who work on maintaining the woodland were joined by borough council officials for a flag raising ceremony on July 17.

A plan from Corby Borough Council to build 18 homes on Oakley Vale has been met by complaints. Many comments have been received on an online application about plans to develop homes near Cheltenham Road.

A number of the comments touch on problems emergency services have previously had in reaching addresses in the area, contending that the development will add to the problem.

CBC's application is for a mix of flats and two and three bedroom houses. MP for Corby Tom Pursglove has met with some of the residents and has also voiced opposition to the plan.

Meanwhile the borough council along with partners have marked the completion of 26 new affordable homes on the Beanfield estate.

The development's taken place on the former site of the Beanfield School off Glastonbury Road. CBC say the properties - two bedroom bungalows - will help meet the needs of Corby's older residents.

The local authority say they have now completed 210 new builds since 2010.