Archive for year: 2012

David Mackintosh

Leader announces Budget

In announcing the Budget plans for Northampton Borough Council today, the Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, has set out a challenging programme of internal cost cutting and restructuring measures in order to provide a freeze in council tax for hard-pressed local families in the budget proposals for 2013/14.

In a difficult financial climate, proposals to create a more efficient organisation would see the Borough Council restructuring departments and support services to contribute the majority of the overall savings that have to be made.

The internal savings programme includes sharing services with other authorities through the LGSS scheme, which would bring a saving of more than £415,000 in the next financial year.

Other proposals to meet the budget shortfall of £1.9 million in the next financial year include a further review of the small number of the town’s network of CCTV cameras that are the least effective, removing funding from the GroundWorks project and reviewing the discretionary relief given to charities on their business rates.

The budget also proposes investment and growth in a number of areas that will enhance community safety including investing more in the street football scheme, securing public land from illegal vehicle access and increasing the patrol capacity of park rangers.

The Borough Council is also setting aside funds to ensure vulnerable benefit recipients continue to receive support when changes to the Council Tax benefit system, which transfers the cost to local authorities, come into place.

There will be no increase in the rate of Council Tax.

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said “We want to make sure that every penny of council tax raised is spent in a way that benefits our town and provides essential services for residents.”

“This is a very challenging time and our focus has been to ensure this organisation is as lean and efficient as it can be while maintaining the skills and expertise we need to drive regeneration and lead the town’s future  prosperity.”

“We have also recognised the need to invest in some areas that will support the drive to reduce anti-social behaviour and promote community safety and while focussing on slimming down our organisation presents us with some very hard choices, we decided that we could not look at options that might seem easier but that would be damaging to the economic growth of the town.”

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James Morrison announced as next act at Delapre

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, has today welcomed the announcement that James Morrison will play Alive at Delapre on Sunday 21st July 2013.
 
Cllr Mackintosh said:”I’m really pleased we are able to announce that James Morrison will play Alive at Delapre in July. His style is totally different from Paul Weller and he is well known for his great live performances.”

“I know that with such major names now booked to perform in the beautiful setting of Delapre Park, we will appeal to a broad audience and will put Alive at Delapre on the map as one of the major events of our 2013 calendar.”

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Work starts on new Bus Interchange

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, today visited the former Fishmarket building in Northampton to see work start on the new Bus Interchange.
 
The old unused Fishmarket will be demolished and a new modern bus interchange will have taken its place in the heart of the town centre. Visitors to Northampton will finally get a first impression of our town that is clean, modern and well lit, replacing the dark and grimy eyesore that is Greyfriars Bus Station.
 
This £7,000,000 Northampton Alive project is being funded and supported by Northampton Borough Council, West Northamptonshire Development Corporation and Northamptonshire County Council. Through Construction Futures the project will also provide valuable training opportunities for local young people who want to gain practical experience of working on a construction site.
 
Planning permission was granted in August and over the summer preparation work has been going on to minimise any disruption the demolition and construction work may have on traffic and local businesses.
 
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “This is another exciting Northampton Alive project, that will breathe new life into a large area of our town centre in just 12 months. And I am pleased to announce that during the project there will be opportunities for young people to get real hands on experience of working on a construction site.
 
“We want people to feel welcomed to our town, and the new bus interchange will give visitors to Northampton the right impression as they arrive in the heart of our town centre. Our town is finally getting a modern facility that is welcoming, bright, safe and clean in the heart of the town centre.”
 
For more information about Northampton Alive please visit www.northampton.gov.uk/northamptonalive

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Promoting Northampton’s heritage

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, has today announced plans where visitors to Northampton could soon be greeted by a vision of the town’s past as a heritage project is set to highlight centuries of Northampton’s rich history.
 
Plans are being developed by Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire County Council, West Northamptonshire Development Corporation, Friends of Northampton Castle and the Churches Conservation Trust to create a heritage gateway on the former site of the town’s castle. As a former seat of power for the kings and queens of England, Northampton’s history is nationally significant as the town has witnessed many major events through the centuries.
 
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council said “The story of our town is fascinating, and we need to do more to celebrate the importance of Northampton through the ages. Through Northampton Alive and our Enterprise Zone it is easy to see our town has a bright future, but just how much do people know of our rich heritage? We have the opportunity to make a feature of our heritage and attract more visitors to our town.”
 
The proposed heritage gateway would be located at the western entrance to the town centre. Taking in Castle Station, St Peter’s Church and Black Lion Inn as well as the wider area.
 
Cllr Mackintosh added, “When people arrive in Northampton I want them to feel they are coming to a town that is proud of its heritage. We have stories that need telling. A heritage gateway would help us bring together much of our history as well as drawing attention to our many other historic assets.
 
“There is a real interest in where we have come from. Looking back through the centuries we have monarchs and crusading knights, traitors and plotters, the families of the America’s Founding Fathers, craftsmen of the highest quality and much more. At last we are starting to bring this all together for residents and visitors who want to discover our past.”
 
Further information about the proposals to create a Heritage Gateway will be discussed by Northampton Borough Council in 2013.

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David announces fund to give Town Centre facelift

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, has today announced a new fund has been set up to tackle grot and grime and give Northampton town centre a new year facelift.

The £50,000-fund will be used on fairly simple improvements that will freshen up the appearance of the town centre and create a more appealing environment for businesses and visitors.

Northampton Town Centre BID will be contributing to the fund and it is hoped that work can begin early in 2013. 

Both Northampton Borough Council and Northampton Town Centre BID are surveying the town centre to draw up a hit-list of items that can be tackled quickly and will have a big impact on the overall appearance.

Feedback from businesses and other organisations is also being incorporated into the improvement action plan.

Cllr Mackintosh said that the fund was intended to bring forward short term improvements including tidying up signage; deep cleaning pavements; providing new bins and repairing, replacing and repainting street furniture. 

“Our plan is to give the town an immediate lift and complement longer-term regeneration projects such as the St John’s student accommodation, the new bus interchange, Project Angel and the Grosvenor Centre improvements that will bring a real boost to the town centre,” Cllr Mackintosh said.

“Times are tough for all towns but we are working hard with our partners to create conditions where business can invest and grow and make our town somewhere people want to spend time. We are lucky that we have a major regeneration programme taking place, but that doesn’t happen overnight.

This fund will tackle quick issues that will have a major impact on the face of Northampton.”

Work is expected to begin in January 2013.

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David takes part in Strictly Northampton

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, today took part in the town’s Strictly Northampton event at The Royal & Derngate Theatre.

The evening was organised by The Chronicle & Echo and BBC Northampton and raised over £30,000 for the Macmillan appeal for a haematology unit at Northampton General Hospital.

You can watch a video of David dancing here.

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Environment Secretary visits Billing floods

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, today welcomed the Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, to Northampton to see the flooding at Billing Aquadrome.

Northampton Borough Council and other agencies have been working to support everyone evacuated from holiday homes at Billing Aquadrome as a result of flooding this week.

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said “I am very grateful to the Environment Secretary for coming to Northampton at short notice to see the impact the floods have had on our town.”

“In an emergency situation our immediate priority was to make sure everyone was safe and looked after so opening up Lings as a rest centre gave holiday home owners somewhere to go and a place to sleep while they made longer-term arrangements.”

“Now with the Environment Secretary we can look at the wider impact the flooding has had on the town and plans for the future.”

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Ice Rink on the Market Square

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, today skated his way on to the new Ice Rink on the Market Square as part of the Christmas celebrations in the town.

The Ice Rink promises to add to the festive fun on offer at Northampton’s Market Square over Christmas.

The 24 x 14 metre covered Ice Rink, which is being brought to Northampton by John Thurston Funfairs, is suitable for people of all ages. It will be stewarded and open weekdays 12 noon to 8pm and weekends and school holidays from 10.30am to 8pm.

The Ice Rink is in town until 13th January 2013. For a full list of everything else going on in Northampton this Christmas visit www.christmasinnorthampton.co.uk.

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Businesses invited to find out about new Bus Interchange

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, has today attended an exhibition for town centre businesses to find out more about the new Bus Interchange ahead of construction work starting in the next few weeks as another Northampton Alive project takes shape.

Next month work will start on creating a modern Bus Interchange. Over the next 12 months the former Fishmarket will be demolished and a new bus interchange will be built to bring passengers into the heart of Northampton town centre.

Local businesses got the chance to see how the site will work, what will happen to the traffic flows and what options are available for making things as easy as possible for them and their customers.
 
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said “In little over a year visitors to our town centre will no longer be greeted by Kevin McLeod’s ‘mouth of Hell’. Bus users will be able to travel into the heart of our town centre and enjoy a bright, safe and clean welcome to Northampton.”
 
“After years of talk, it is great that we will soon be starting work on this £8million Northampton Alive project. But before any demolition or construction work starts, I want to meet with neighbouring businesses to talk to them about what we can do to help them. There will be a lot of opportunities springing up from being located near the new bus interchange, but in the meantime I want to make sure there is minimal disruption.”

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David welcomes Paul Weller announcement

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, has welcomed the announcement that Paul Weller will kick off the Alive at Delapre music event taking place from 19th – 21st July 2013.

Paul Weller will play on Friday 19th July.

Cllr Mackintosh said “I’m really excited that Paul Weller will be the first act at Delapre. He’s made a massive contribution to music and is a great performer. He’s just the right person to launch Alive at Delapre and will put this event on the map.”

Alive at Delapre will see three separate acts over the three day event, all performing outdoors at a purpose built arena in the beautiful parkland setting of Delapre – a key heritage site right in the heart of Northampton.