Friday 29th June 2007 by C. Freeman
Corby Borough Council's Chief Executive outlined his vision for the town's future when he visited Brooke Weston. Mr Chris Mallender talked to Year 8 students about the role and structure of local government as part of their Period One curriculum on citizenship. Students posed questions on issues such as youth club provision and the town's growing infrastructure. Mr Mallender, who has been Chief Executive since September 2003, praised the attitude displayed at Brooke Weston, which 'exemplifies a lot of what is good about Corby.'
'Here in Corby the aim is to make the town a bigger, better and brighter place so it's really about redevelopment as well as about improving services. I see my role to get out and about in the town, to meet people and organisations, strike up a good relationship and make sure that we get things done' he said.
Mr Mallender has a very positive outlook on Corby and its people, and says the town has suffered from a historical lack of investment and an undeserved reputation.
The redevelopment taking place is a massive boost. In addition to the larger projects already underway, the council is also planning to regenerate the town's ancient woodlands, setting up a 'woodland trust' to manage and patrol the areas and make them safe and accessible. Another initiative is to review and revitalise the town's youth club provision.
Mr Mallender spoke highly of the local schools. 'Another unrecognised asset of Corby is the quality of its young people and its education base. We've already got a higher achieving school base than the rest of Northamptonshire and it compares really well with other parts of the country. Young people know what they want and it's great to hear directly from them about their ambitions, their fears and their concerns.'
Mr Mallender visits several local schools in his role and he was impressed with the quality of questions asked. 'Some of the students are very smart and astute, one or two of them could already hold their own in the council without a doubt. It is good to have a link with Brooke Weston because Brooke Weston exemplifies a lot of what is good about Corby. The values that we try to pursue and the qualities that we're trying to create are already to be found at Brooke Weston because people take a pride in what they're doing, they're very industrious, they're very creative, and it is just generally a good place to be.'