Plans for a new home for the Poppies have once again been kicked into the long grass on Wednesday evening by Conservative-run Kettering Borough Council, rejecting and replacing it with yet another talking shop, pushing this political football even further offside. Burton Latimer town councillor Jenny Davies has slammed Conservative councillors for their inaction.
The motion, proposed by independent councillors, had called on Kettering Borough Council to engage in preliminary talks to look into leasing or selling Council-owned land on Weekley Glebe and Frenches Field to Kettering Town Football Club, a move that could have seen a stadium built on land already used for football and seen otherwise unusable scrubland turned into community football pitches.
“Conservative councillors need to be declared offside after trashing a potential deal which could have proved to be a win-win for both the football club and the people of Burton Latimer,” declared Lib Dem town councillor Jenny Davies.
“Whilst leading Conservatives continue to wax lyrical about their support for the football club, whenever it comes to putting their words into action they simply aren’t on the ball. Yet another talking shop is a disgrace; it’s a recipe for doing nothing!”
“This means Burton Latimer residents in Polwell Lane and Station Road will continue to be blighted by parking problems on match days with a ground that even the supporters describe as not fit for purpose. Like all people across Kettering Borough, local people are proud of their club and will not give up their fight for a proper home for the Poppies!”