"I am both delighted and honoured to have been elected as the Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough.
Although still under financial pressure, due to central government funding cuts, I am confident that by operating in a smarter way and by using our resources to fund revenue generating projects we can, and will, achieve much more for residents of our town and villages in the coming years. At the same time I will ensure that we provide good responsive services and keep Wellingborough as one of the lowest council tax levying authorities in the country.
Infrastructure work is progressing on Stanton Cross, our major development to the East of the town, and we will soon see work commencing on the other urban extension to the North of Wellingborough now known as Glenvale Park.
We will ensure high quality growth and aim to avoid mistakes of the past by resisting insular developments. Instead we will work with developers to craft whole communities offering a range of housing and facilities that improve the lives of both new and existing resident of our borough.
We will continue to improve the appearance of our town centre and in doing so try to encourage new businesses and retailers to establish themselves. Free car parking is vital to the long term future of our town and will be maintained in all council owned car parks.
It is a great time to be leading the council with all the positive things planned and ahead of us. We have a great team of staff at the council who adopt a can do attitude and the people of our borough are served by 36 councillors from all walks of life who share a common aim of ensuring Wellingborough is a great place to live."
Councillor Martin Griffiths