A massive plan to give Rushden a complete face-lift is being prepared by Rushden Amenities Society.
Their idea is to introduce a town colour scheme and in theory all the town’s shops and houses would be painted in colours which blend together and so “beautify” the place.
Talks within the Amenities Society have been going on for 12 months but it is only within the last seven days that they have revealed their plans.
The plan is still in its infancy but it has got past the discussion stage and concrete steps are now being taken.
Photographs of business properties and housing estates have been taken from which lined drawings are being made.
These are to be submitted to a colour specialist, in this case Mr. Osborne Robinson, who is an outstanding scenery designer at Northampton Repertory Theatre. His task will be to create the harmonious colour effect.
Once this has been done the Amenities Society plan to hold an exhibition at which traders, councillors and householders can judge for themselves the merits of the scheme.
The plan is not a new one but one which has been successfully carried out in Windsor and Faversham and other towns all over the country.
In these towns they have apparently been concerned with boosting the town’s trading potential and have had far more financial resources to call upon.
Rushden Amenities Society say their prime aim is to beautify the town. However, they are convinced that traders will benefit greatly if they are prepared to invest in the scheme.
Mrs. May Knight, last year’s Chamber of Trade president and a member of the Amenities Society, is all in favour of the idea but admits that it can only be done in stages at least as far as shops are concerned.
“If we can get a group of shops to have their fronts painted to a specific colour plan then I am sure other traders will be so impressed they will want to follow suit. But even so I do not think we shall get 100 per cent response. You always get the wreckers,” said Mrs. Knight.
She also pointed out that shops would only be willing to repaint when it was necessary to do so and that the cost would be fairly substantial.