Borough Council of Wellingborough

Message from the Leader of the Council

Martin griffiths 1

“I am honoured and privileged to continue as Leader of the council for a fifth year. I am proud to represent our borough now more than ever, as we come together to support our communities throughout the pandemic. I would like to thank everyone who has played a vital role in our local response, and we will now begin to focus on how we recover as a borough and move forwards together.

“As we move into a new era of Local Government in Northamptonshire, it’s worth remembering the huge amount of work our Councillors and officers are contributing towards the Future Northants programme and helping to shape a better culture and service delivery model for the benefit of our residents.

“Alongside this, we have achieved a lot in Wellingborough over the last twelve months. Firstly, the town’s major development at Stanton Cross continues to develop further and our other large urban extension at Glenvale Park has really taken shape. Both of these developments are providing much needed housing and in the future will also provide schools, medical facilities and leisure provision. Both developments will feature large areas of accessible green open space something that we know is important to our residents.

“Work is well underway on the construction of the brand new flagship prison, which will not only provide a huge boost to the local economy, but also 850 long term jobs and a large number of apprenticeships throughout the construction stage before its final completion in 2021. The redevelopment of Tresham College’s Wellingborough Campus will boast a new curriculum and excellent training opportunities. These projects are contributing towards the substantial growth in our borough, and significant boost to our economy, as prior to the pandemic businesses in our borough were at the highest in our history. We have been very pro-active in supporting these businesses through this difficult period and have distributed circa £15m to over 1,300 businesses so far and a further £1m discretionary grants will be distributed during June 2020.

“We are continuing to enhance and improve the town centre including the refurbishment of the multi-storey car park whilst maintaining free car parking in council-owned car parks. Projects are also progressing outside of the town centre with work being undertaken to replace play areas, improvements in a number of parks and work is also starting to clear and improve the brooks within our open spaces. Last year we also celebrated the opening of the town’s first 3G all-weather pitch at Redwell Leisure Centre which has proved to be very popular.

“It is an exciting time to be leading the council as we move forwards together into a new chapter. We will continue to work with our excellent team of officers to tackle our challenges and to provide high-quality and good value for money services and the people of our borough are served by 35 councillors from all walks of life who share a common aim of ensuring Wellingborough is a great place to live."

Councillor Martin Griffiths - June 2020