Having returned in 2007 to the town I grew up in, I have witnessed a great many changes to Corby. Not least the town centre. This I have to say looks a hundred times better than it did, excluding the old hotel building opposite the majestic Cube. Land Securities did as they said by revamping a large chunk of the town centre. We now have a good selection of shops for the town folk and people even further afield who visit.
Leisure has also been a priority with the aforementioned Cube, which houses the Core theatre, library, registry office and council offices. Why didn’t the council just use the empty ones above Wilkinson’s & Boots. We have the Olympic standard swimming pool complex too. The old college is now closed and will be demolished soon to make way for a cinema, run by the Odeon chain, and some fast food outlets too. There was talk of a bowling alley but that has seem to have fallen by the wayside. The new Tresham College is open and looks the part. Just down from that Tesco’s are also committed to opening an ‘Extra’ store soon who are donating money to spend on the Corby Walk.
The town also now has a modern new train station, though we only have a decent service south bound to London. East Midlands trains haven’t expanded the services northwards to local towns of Uppingham, Oakham and Melton Mowbray, depriving our shops of more possible customers. Also Corby still has a large population with a strong connection with Scotland who frequently travel north. Unfortunately the trains haven’t really accommodated for this which is a shame as we’d all like to travel to places like York and further north at times.
Well yesterday Land Securities have sold the town to Helical Bar for £70million, let’s hope the new landlords aren’t like Top Estates who stalled our town’s development for so long in the 1980’s. Corby has one of Britain’s biggest brown land areas to build on and the population is earmarked to grown to over 100,000 in ten to fifteen years. So What’s Next?