Taken from The Rushden Echo, 12th June 1964
MRS. SHRIVE SPEAKS OUT
More people must be attracted to Rushden, and the town must be developed – and redeveloped – with this in mind.
The future of the town is uppermost in the mind of Mrs. Doris E. Shrive, vice-chairman of Rushden Urban Council. Unhesitatingly attacking any steps which she feels would be a retrograde step in obtaining a “nice Rushden,” she is acutely aware of the town’s shortcomings.
Aware, too, of its assets, Mrs. Shrive spoke of Hall Park. “It is a wonderful park, with a wonderful tea room there,” she said. “But I would like to see it developed a bit more.
“Something like Wicksteed Park at Kettering,” Mrs. Shrive agreed, would attract the people to the town. The beautiful flower beds would remain though. “You have to speculate to accumulate,” she added.
Mrs. Shrive spoke out against the plan to put a roof on the swimming pool, as she has done on previous occasions. “If we have a covered pool it should be started from scratch. Of course, it would have to be undertaken by a voluntary body so as not to be a burden on the rates. But Rushden people are most generous when they want something. At present the pool is not adequate to warrant a roof.”
On the question of shopping facilities she said: “I would like to see a shopping centre that acts like a magnet to the surrounding towns and attracts people to it,” she added. One criticism she had heard of the town was that all the shops were in one street. Would she agree that Rushden was a “one horse town” then? “No, I would not like to say that,” she said, adding that she had been born here.
Traffic problems is another field of interest for Mrs. Shrive, as she also serves on the Road Safety Committee. One of her great concerns is the fact that heavy vehicles use the High Street instead of keeping to the signposted diversion.
She supported a plan publicised by the “Echo” recently for Duck Street to be used as a north-bound by-pass for the High Street.
With redevelopment she would like to see rear entries to all shops, eliminating parking in the street forloading and unloading. But in general, the state of the roads left a lot to be desired, she said.
The future of the town is closely linked with that of Higham Ferrers, she feels. Amalgamation was inevitable, but which would amalgamate with which she would not like to guess, she added.
With a possible jump in population of 30,000 through overspill, Mrs. Shrive sounds a note of caution about employment. New industry, other than boots and shoes, should be brought with overspill and not try to fit them into existing industries.