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Kettering Town FC hopes to return home: Great to see this article in the press; http://www.stadiadirectory.com/kettering-town-to-bid for-rockingham-road

Kettering Town’s board have confirmed they will be launching a bid to buy back Rockingham Road. The stadium went up for official sale last week, and its seller has invited any bids to be made before the end of the month.Rockingham Road was home to the Poppies between 1897 and 2011, but the club were forced to move over a dispute of the ground’s lease. Kettering currently play their home matches at Latimer Park, following brief spells at Nene and Steel Park, but are now hopeful of a return to their original stadium.

“The board of Kettering Town FC are intending to place a bid for their former home, Rockingham Road, which came on to the market only last week. “A visit will be made to the ground to assess its current condition, before bidding.

“In line with the board’s preferred wish to return to the town of Kettering and to secure a plan for a long term home for the club before the end of this season, the fact that Rockingham Road has been the home of Kettering Town FC for 100 years has had a great bearing on this decision.“It also appears that the vast majority of our fans would welcome a return to our spiritual home.”

 

Oakham minded to refuse Aldi supermarket application:

In the following article http://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/business/business-news/councillors-urged-to-reject-plans-for-aldi-in-oakham-1-6349512> it was interesting to read re future growth of Oakham and the Aldi application; A discount supermarket chain has urged councillors to ignore their officers’ advice and support its planned move to Oakham.
Aldi wants to develop the land between the A606 Oakham bypass and Lands End Way. The firm says it has huge public support for its plans, but Rutland County Council planning officers have recommended the application be turned down ahead of a development control committee meeting on Tuesday.

According to a report to councillors, the land has been set aside for use by other types of business, including offices, light industry, and storage and distribution. This policy is part of the council’s new site allocations and policies development plan document, which is due to go before full council for final approval on Monday.

The report goes on to say that the site is the largest available in Rutland for “employment land” and should be protected from other uses. But Aldi wants councillors to consider the public support for the project in their decision.

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