Monday 10 March 2014
Community Payback scheme making criminals pay
Cllr David Mackintosh visiting the Community Payback team in Dallington
Cllr David Mackintosh today visited the Community Payback team working with Northampton Borough Council’s neighbourhood wardens to clear litter and fly tipping and tidy up overgrown shrubs in the area in the St James, Dallington and Spencer areas of town as part of a week of action. Cllr Mackintosh was keen to see the Community Payback team at work to see criminals working to repair damage done through crime and anti-social behavuour.
The visit is the fifth in a series of roadshows organised by the Northampton Community Safety Partnership as part of its Weeks of Action programme. Partners from the borough council, police, fire and other agencies will be giving advice on crime prevention, home security, fire safety and vehicle security as well as tackling any local concerns raised.
There will be security registration for mobile devices and other property such as bikes throughout the week. The Dogs Trust will be carrying out free dog microchipping on Wednesday, ahead of new legislation coming into force on 6 April that will make it compulsory for dogs to be microchipped.
Residents will be able to get information on how to reduce their waste and increase recycling as well as advice on benefits, energy efficiency, home maintenance and what to do about anti-social behaviour.
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council and member of the Northampton Community Safety Partnership, said "The last roadshow in Far Cotton was really well attended and the feedback from residents was very positive. Roadshows are a good way of connecting with local people in their communities and giving them information and advice about staying safe and looking after their property. We are in the St James, Dallington and Spencer areas for the week and I hope people will come and see us."
Thursday 06 March 2014
Northampton is number one for business
Cllr David Mackintosh outlining the Northampton Alive regeneration schemes
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, has welcomed news that Northampton is top of the pile for business according to the latest report from finance data specialist Experian.
The company released its findings today outlining the four key areas it measured: Number of start-ups, rate of insolvencies, level of financial health and business turnover.
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council , said, “While this report reinforces what we already knew, it holds greater weight coming from such a high-profile and trusted source. As the Prime Minister said last year, Northampton is at the leading edge of the UK’s economic recovery and I’m delighted that we’re able to play our part. The Northampton Alive regeneration programme is making a huge difference, boosting confidence and demonstrating that our town has a can-do attitude. With so much more to come, I honestly believe we will continue to blaze a trail for other towns and cities in the UK to follow.”
Wednesday 05 March 2014
Building 100 new Council houses
Cllr David Mackintosh looking at proposals for Dallington Grange
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, has today announced plans to build 100 new council homes in Northampton.
The plans will see 100 council houses for rent on land at Dallington Grange, adjacent to the King’s Heath estate in Northampton.
This major development would be built on land owned by the Borough Council and will be financed by selling a parcel of land in the area or with money received from ex-council houses sold under ‘Right to Buy’ legislation. This is the largest social housing development in Northampton for more than 20 years.
The development plans would also take into account any changes to the highway infrastructure necessary to deal with any increase in traffic.
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said "This is a great opportunity for us to build a significant number of council houses in a very cost effective way. It is part of a new era for social housing in Northampton, as we move towards an arm’s length management organisation that will give our tenants more say over the investments that need to be made in their homes and their future."
Cllr Mary Markham, Cabinet Member for Housing and Deputy Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: "We have a real shortage of affordable housing in Northampton and I am pleased that we are able to find a way to provide 100 great new homes for families, together with schools and the other facilities that a community needs."
As well as providing new social housing, these new homes would give the council an income stream and there would also be a one off payment from the new homes bonus and from section 106 monies paid by developers to support the cost of infrastructure when new homes are built.
The plans will be discussed at a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet on 12th March. The proposals would also be subject to the granting of the usual planning permission.
The move has been welcomed by Housing Minister, Kris Hopkins MP, who said, "I'm delighted to see Northampton's plans to build 100 new council homes in their area - the largest development by the council for two decades. This innovative scheme would make the best use of council-owned land to meet local needs, while communities will see the benefit of this development through the New Homes Bonus. We've delivered around 100,000 affordable homes since 2010, with councils increasingly involved in this. I want to see more local authorities following Northampton's example and delivering the homes local people rightly want, and the jobs they will bring for their communities."
Tuesday 04 March 2014
Top 80s stars come to Delapre
The Alive at Delapre concerts in 2013
The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, has welcomed news that best of the 80s are coming to Delapre for an amazing night of great sounds this summer on Saturday 19th July.
Here and Now will see Bananarama, Rick Astley, Paul Young, Boney M, T’Pau and the Real Thing play in this historic open-air setting for a back-to-back, hit-only show.
The artistes topped the charts throughout the 80s – and 70s in the case of Boney M and the Real Thing. Here and Now brings them together for a unique show that has played to capacity crowds for the past 13 years.
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said “Here and Now promises to be an amazing Saturday night out, with hit after hit that will bring back some great memories. I know it will be a great pop party for a summer’s evening at a beautiful parkland venue and complements the rest of our Alive at Delapre line-up.”
Tickets for the event will go on sale on Friday 7 March at 9am from Royal & Derngate Box Office, online at www.royalandderngate.co.uk or online from Ticket Master and See Tickets.
For more information about the Alive at Delapre concerts, to sign up to the mailing list and to find out about tickets, visit: www.aliveatdelapre.co.uk
Sunday 02 March 2014
Greyfriars Bus Station is now sealed off for demolition
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, has announced that, following the opening of the new North Gate Bus Station, the work to demolish Greyfriars will start to pick up pace.
A building with an infamous reputation, the imposing walls of Greyfriars have dominated Northampton’s skyline for decades. Earning a reputation as one of the top three worst architectural eyesores in Britain in the Channel 4 programme Demolition, and nicknamed ‘The Mouth of Hell’ by the show's presenter Kevin McCloud.
Work started on the decommissioning the building last year with the vast unused offices being cleared. Now the last bus has left Greyfriars everything is set to start the demolition of the building.
Over the Easter weekend (18th - 20th April) the bridge to the offices above Greyfriars will be removed. Lady's Lane will be closed during this time to safely remove the bridge. Diversions will be in place and Easter weekend was chosen to cause minimal disruption to traffic.
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said “Now that North Gate Bus Station is open and fully operational, bus users will arrive in a bright, clean and modern building that is a few steps from the Market Square, Abington Street, Market Walk and the Grosvenor Centre. I want shoppers and visitors to feel welcomed to Northampton, not embarrassed by the first impression we offer.”
Every year, Greyfriars cost taxpayers £500,000 to maintain. And an independent report showed that Greyfriars would cost almost £30 million to bring up to standard.
The old bus station occupied a huge area of land in the town centre that will be opened up to exciting new redevelopment projects once demolition is complete.
Cllr Mackintosh added “Removing this costly and unsightly building will free up a large area of land in a prime location for redevelopment and new investment.”
Full details about the road closure over Easter weekend will be announced at a later date.
Saturday 01 March 2014
Opening the new North Gate Bus Station
David Mackintosh at the official opening of the new North Gate Bus Station with Cllr Jim Harker, Leader of the County Council, Brian Binley MP, John Markham and Michael Ellis MP
The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, today attended the offical opening of the new North Gate Bus Station, before a public open day where visitors were able to drop-in to explore the new facilities, find out about the work that took place and learn more about other Northampton Alive projects, before buses depart from their bays for the first time on Sunday.
The new £7 million development, which was funded by Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire County Council and West Northamptonshire Development Corporation, will feature a convenience store, café, toilets and three art installations, which were created by local artists using funding from Art Council England.
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said “The new North Gate Bus Station is a state of the art, modern facility that will provide a welcoming gateway for visitors arriving to our town. The bus station is one of many Northampton Alive projects that we have completed with others underway, which will help put Northampton on the map as a town that embraces regeneration and future prosperity. We hope everyone will join us for the open day to see inside this impressive building and to uncover Northampton’s proud history through the art installations on display and learn more about the town’s future with other Northampton Alive projects.“