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Northants County Council proposes to close buildings

The Connaughty Centre in Corby
Image caption The Connaugty Centre could close under new proposals by the county council

Northamptonshire County Council is considering closing two buildings that it manages in bid to save money.

The Conservative-run council plans to close Russell House in Northampton and the Connaughty Centre in Corby.

It said the buildings, used by charitable groups and youth organisations, were too expensive to run.

It has begun a consultation over the plan and wants members of the public to comment on its website.

The consultation period ends on 30 September.

The county council has to make overall savings of about £73m over four years.

Russell House is home to the county council's Youth Services and Commissioning department and the Farm Youth Centre.

The Connaughty Centre started out in 1969 as the Corby Youth Centre and now has more than 20 organisations working from it.

Carol Copeland, the director of Youth Works Community Interest Company (CIC) which is based at the Connaughty, is among charity representatives meeting county council members later.

"We want to know what the county council has planned and what support they are going to give us to stay open or help us move to another location," she said.

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