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  1. Updates on Friday, 15 July 2016
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  1. Transformation of Corby attracting new growth and more people

    Willy Gilder

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Ten years ago or so I was in Corby town centre on a damp November evening and I remember thinking how depressing it was.

    But if you look around the same place now it is transformed with new shops, the striking Cube building complete with theatre and library, an international sized swimming pool and a cinema. 

    A lot of effort has been put into regenerating Corby since the steel-works closed in 1980, with new companies, jobs and housing.

    Six years ago Corby was Britain's fastest growing town - and it seems set to keep that accolade. Population projections suggest 6% will come here due to natural growth - that's more babies being born - 5% from people moving from other countries and 5.5% from people moving from elsewhere in Britain.

    In the 1930s steelworkers from Scotland transformed the small village into a town of 12,000 people by the outbreak of the Second World War. At the last census its population was 61,000 - by 2024 it's likely to be 76,000.

  2. Council prepares for Corby's 17% population growth by 2024

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    The population of Corby is set to grow by 17% up to 2024 with 76,000 people predicted to make the town their home.

    Borough council leaders Tom Beattie said the increase will bring pressure on schools, health services and housing.

    Corby Centre

    "We've managed growth to date and know the challenges it brings for regeneration, new jobs and facilities," he said.

  3. Corby's population set to reach 76,000 by 2024

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    Corby was a small village in the 1930s when a boom time began thanks to the steelworks and the population rose to 12,000 by the World War Two as families flocked there from Scotland for work.

    Corby steelworks

    Now the population is set to reach 76,000 by 2024 as people move to the town from elsewhere and more babies are born to current residents, according to predictions by the National Office of Statistics. 

  4. Travel: M1 southbound congestion

    BBC Travel

    Congestion on the southbound M1 between J15 for Collingtree and J14 for Buckingham because of heavier than usual traffic which is slow moving.

    Also heavy traffic is causing some congestion on A43 south of Towcester.

    More details on BBC Travel

  5. Welcome to Local Live news for Northamptonshire

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Good morning and welcome to Northamptonshire Live. 

    We'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county from now until 18:00. 

    Corby is set to be one of the fastest growing towns in Britain over the next eight years according to the Office for National Statistics so we'll be looking at what that will mean.

  6. Weather: Dry and fine with some sunshine

    Georgina Burnett

    BBC Weather

    After a cool start with almost clear skies it will be warm and dry with sunshine for most.


    Our picture taken this morning at Pattishall in the south of the county promises a bright day but some patchy cloud could develop while still it will still feel pleasant in the frequent sunny spells. 

    Maximum Temperature: 22C (72F)

  7. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Heath

    BBC Radio Northampton

    That's it for our regular updates for today. Any major new stories will be posted here over the weekend.

    We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather from the county.

    Have a good evening.

  8. Weather: Mainly dry with clear spells tonight

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    Staying mainly dry with clear spells this evening, but it will turn increasingly cloudy with an odd spot of light rain possible as it dips to about 14C (57F).

    Map for weather

    A rather cloudy Saturday with the small chance of light rain, but most places will stay dry and the cloud will break to allow for some bright or sunny spells.

    Maximum temperature: 24C (75F). 

    Get your local forecast from BBC Weather.

  9. Raunds man leads fights against the 'inglorious 12th'

    Martin Heath

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A man from Raunds who started a petition to ban grouse shooting says it's almost got enough signatures to force a Parliamentary debate.

    The "Glorious 12th" of August is traditionally the start of the shooting season and the Countryside Alliance says the sport is good for conservation and the economy.

    But Dr Mark Avery, who used to work for the RSPB, says it's contributing to a rapid fall in the number of hen harriers, an endangered species of raptors.

    He also claims practices such as the burning of vegetation on grouse moors are damaging the environment.

    The petition he started with the TV presenter Chris Packham now has 92,000 signatures and only needs another 8,000 to get the issue on the Parliamentary agenda.

    Man with dog shooting grouse
    Quote Message: Grouse moors don't work for nature and they don't work in terms of environmental sustainability. That's why we're asking the government to ban grouse shooting." from Dr Mark Avery Campaigner
    Dr Mark AveryCampaigner
  10. Owen Smith: 'Jeremy is not the only socialist in the Labour Party'

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    The Labour leadership candidate, Owen Smith, has been in Corby this afternoon on the day judges ruled that more than 100,000 members can be excluded from the election.

    The party's ruling body, the NEC, won its Appeal Court battle to stop people who have joined since mid-January from deciding between Mr Smith and Jeremy Corbyn.

    Mr Smith went to Corby's Urgent Care Centre and met local party members during today's visit.

    He told me: "Jeremy is not the only guardian of Labour values; there are many of us who want a radical left-wing Labour government. I'm still confident I can persuade enough members, young and old, to vote for me."

    Three Labour constituency parties in the county have voted to endorse Mr Corbyn, but their vote doesn't count towards the final result.

  11. Seventy years of Towcester history comes to an end

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Payne's Nurseries has been a familiar sight for anyone travelling into Towcester from the north since 1945.

    Originally, it concentrated on supplying tomatoes and cucumbers for local markets, but its flowers became more popular over the years, eventually becoming the most important part of its business.

    The nursery hit the headlines in 1998, when it ended up under 3ft (1m) feet of floodwater during the notorious Easter floods, but still managed to open its doors the morning after.

    Tomorrow sees the last day of trading.

    Ian and Paul Morgan of Payne's Nurseries

    Ian Morgan, who runs the nursery with his brother Paul, says recent developments in the town have reduced the number of customers. "On the A5, it's becoming a nightmare, and, with the council building their new offices with no parking, people just don't want to fight their way through traffic to find there's nowhere to park," he said.

    Payne's Nurseries interior
    Payne's nurseries arch

    Mr Morgan has thanked all his customers for their support and says that, once he's emptied the till for the last time on Saturday, he'll look forward to a lie-in on Sunday.