Archive for year: 2012

David Mackintosh

Remembering the Korean War

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, today attended a ceremony to remember the brave men and women who served in the Korean War and the unveiling of a newly restored stone plaque listing the names of those from Northamptonshire who were killed in the War.   

Representatives from Northampton Borough Council, The Royal British Legion and The Korean Veterans Association met at the town’s Abington Square war memorial.

Almost 100,000 British soldiers were involved in the Korean War, with many coming from Northampton and the county.

Next year will mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the War, and in readiness the Borough Council has completed restoration of the plaque of names listing the men of Northamptonshire who made the ultimate sacrifice in the conflict.

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council said: “Sixty years ago many brave soldiers for our town and county were deployed to the other side of the world to fight in the Korean War. Wherever British and Commonwealth troops were sent they did their duty: displaying courage and honour. Sadly 1,078 never returned, including eight from our county. 

“It is only right we take time to remember their sacrifice, and the restoration of the Korean War memorial is an important part in showing how we still appreciate, value and respect what they did so far from home.  I would like to ask everyone to show their respects on Thursday morning and take a couple of moments to think on the sacrifice so many young lives made only a few decades ago.”

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Freedom of Borough to Royal Lancers

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, today gave a speech at The Guildhall officially awarding the 9th/12th Royal Lancers Regiment the Freedom of the Borough of Northampton to officially recognise the Regiment’s links with the town and its special relationship with the people of Northampton.

Cllr David Mackintosh said, “We have another opportunity to show how proud our town is of the Lancers. They are an important part of our community with many Lancers coming from Northampton. The Regiment performs a vital role in the defence of our country, every Lancer makes sacrifices and it is only right we honour them.”

“Last year over a thousand people came into the town centre to cheer the Regiment’s homecoming parade, which just goes to show how strongly we support our soldiers. So it only seems right we award the Regiment the Freedom of the Borough in recognition of the people of Northampton’s appreciation for our brave soldiers.”

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Honouring Walter Tull

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, today joined Northampton Town Football Club Chairman, David Cardoza, and representatives from the Club Supporters Trust to lay a wreath at The Walter Tull Memorial at Sixfields.

Cllr Mackintosh used the opportunity to add his support to the campaign for Walter Tull to be posthumously awarded the Military Cross.

The Conservative Group has submitted a motion to the next meeting of Full Council at The Guildhall pledging its support, and Cllr Mackintosh has written to the Secretary of State for Defence on the issue.

Cllr David Mackintosh said, “Walter Tull has become a role model to many people, not only for his dedication and service to our country, but for overcoming the huge racial and cultural barriers of his time to become the first black officer in the British Army.”
“We are proud of the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, and Northampton is fortunate to have links with an important figure such as Walter Tull.  We should do all we can to make sure that this remarkable man receives his hard won commendation.”

David Mackintosh

Bringing St Crispin’s Fair back to Northampton

Cllr David Mackintosh today attended the official opening of the St Crispin’s Fair which is back on the streets of Northampton for the first time since 2004.
Northampton Borough Council is supporting the Fair, which brings 44 attractions big and small, including stalls and children’s rides, to Gold Street, Mercer’s Row, the bottom of the Market Square and the bottom of Abington Street.
Cllr David Mackintosh said “I am really pleased to be helping to bring back the street fair again and hope this will bring people back into the town centre.”
The street fair will have its own stewards, security, toilet facilities and cleaning.
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Support for Market Traders

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council has today announced that market traders are to be offered reduced rents until 2014 to help them through the difficult economic times that continue to challenge businesses.
Northampton Borough Council has announced the news in response to a call for more support for traders from the independent Market Advisory Group, which was set up earlier this year to look at ways to improve the vitality and continued viability of the town’s historic market.
From the beginning of November until 2014 rents for permanent traders will be reduced by 25 per cent, which will reduce rents on a Saturday from £25 to £19 and typical weekday rents from £10 to £7.50 a day.  
The Leader of the Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, and Cllr Jonathan Nunn, Assistant Cabinet Member responsible for the town centre, have introduced the reduced rents as part of a determined effort by the council to support market traders.
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said, “We know trading continues to be tough for businesses at the moment and so we have been considering what practical things we can do that will actually help market traders and safeguard our market. Reducing the rents is just one of the things we are looking at. The market has been successfully doing business in the town for centuries and we all want that to continue. By working closely with the advisory group I hope very much that we can help traders and address more of the challenges and opportunities that could impact the market’s future.”
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Archaelogy work starts at Castle Station

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, today visited the archaeological evaluation taking place at Northampton Castle Railway Station as part of the redevelopment plans there.
In medieval times Northampton Castle was situated on part of the current station site.  
The dig is being led by experts from Northamptonshire Archaeology and an exploratory trench has been excavated within the area used for short-stay car parking.
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said, “It is great to see work starting on another Northampton Alive project that will provide facilities our town needs. Northampton is Alive with opportunity. The investment being made in redeveloping our station is another vote of confidence that we are supporting businesses, creating new jobs and investment opportunities.”
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Sharing services to save millions

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, has today announced an historic agreement to save millions of pounds of tax-payers money is now a step closer.
Political leaders at Northampton Borough Council and shared business support service provider LGSS drew up a business case for how such a partnership would work.
The two organisations have been in negotiation over the past few months after Northampton Borough Council expressed an interest in becoming a partner of LGSS, the shared service organisation established by Northamptonshire County Council and Cambridgeshire County Council to provide business support services. LGSS has already delivered multi-million pound ‘back office’ savings to protect front line services for tax payers.
The business case shows how, if agreed, around £9.45m savings will be made through Northampton Borough Council transferring a number of support services over to LGSS. These include Finance, HR and Business Change, Procurement, Legal, ICT and Revenues and Benefits.
Now the business case will be discussed by the cabinets of Northampton Borough Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and Northamptonshire County Council.
Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, said “At a time when we have to ensure that we get the most value for every penny we spend, this business case will allow us to continue to provide cutting edge, frontline services in a way that ensures taxpayers’ money is being used effectively.   
“We have always been clear that we would reduce management costs and focus on the frontline and I am confident that this groundbreaking agreement will ensure we are able to maintain the quality of service we provide while reducing the cost to the public.”
Chair of the LGSS Joint Committee, Cllr Andrew Langley: “If agreed, this will be a win win for everyone. We continue to develop really professional business support services for our LGSS partners, whilst ensuring that tax payers money goes on front line services where we all want it to be spent.
“Already this year LGSS has attracted two new partners in Norwich City Council and Huntingdonshire District Council, as well as providing senior finance support to East Northamptonshire District Council, so we are building a strong track record in delivering back office services for a wide group of organisations.
“This would be a public-to-public partnership which means that all the savings made will stay within local government and allow resources to be better directed to the front-line.”          
The business case will be discussed by the LGSS Joint Committee on October 18 and then go forward for agreement by the cabinets of Northamptonshire County Council on November 13, Northampton Borough Council on November 14 and Cambridgeshire County Council on November 27. If agreed, LGSS will be running services for Northampton Borough Council from April next year.
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Armed Forces Covenant for Northampton

Cllr David Mackintosh has announced plans for Northampton Borough Council to show its support for the military by setting up a Community Covenant for Northampton to promote understanding and partnership with the armed forces community locally.
Northampton has a tradition of supporting both regiments, with high profile parades through the town, on Armed Forces Day and with a solemn service on Remembrance Day, all of which are well-supported by local people.
A Community Covenant would commit the Borough Council to: 
– Encourage local agencies and communities to support the armed forces 
– Help increase public understanding of the issues they face 
– Remember past sacrifices 
– Encourage activities that integrate the armed forces into community life and to involve them in the wider community
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said, “We all owe a huge debt to the Armed Forces for the freedom and security we enjoy today.  Northampton has a strong tradition of support for the military, going back hundreds of years and we are keen to show our support in more practical ways such as recognising the needs for local housing and other services.”
Cllr Mackintosh and Cllr Mary Markham, Cabinet Member for Housing, will also attend a national conference on the Community Covenant being run by the Ministry of Defence in November, to learn more about initiatives that can be put in place locally.
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Prime Minister welcomes Northamptonshire award

Cllr David Mackintosh today met with the Prime Minister at No 10 Downing Street after Northamptonshire was named as the ‘Most Enterprising Place in Britain’ by the Government.
The reception was also attended by Cllr Jim Harker, Leader of Northamptonshire County Council.
The two Conservative council leaders have been working hard with Brian Binley MP on the Northampton Alive regeneration projects which include the Enterprise Zone, a new Bus Interchange, a new Railway Station, new University halls of residence, a new cinema and the new skatepark.
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Danish Royal visit to Northampton

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, today welcomed Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark to Northampton.
The Royal visit was an opportunity to celebrate the strong links between Northampton and Denmark. Northampton is the UK headquarters to Carlsberg, a major investor in our town, and a small hub of other Danish companies who have expanded into the UK.
The visit started with a trip through the town’s past with a visit to the world famous shoe collection at the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery. At the reception HRH Princess Benedikte was shown her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria’s wedding shoes. The Princess also donated a pair of her own Chanel shoes to the collection before moving on to The Guildhall.
At The Guildhall, the Princess was greeted by representatives from Danish companies based in Northampton. Carlsberg, Opus Energy, Nordjysk Eldhandel, Gemco and DKL Marketing are all working in Northampton and playing an important part in the town’s economy.
The Princess was also given a guided tour of the Northampton Alive exhibition by Cllr Mackintosh. The exhibition allows visitors to walk through the Northampton of the future and showcases some of the major regeneration projects that are already starting to shape our town.
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said, “It was a real privilege to welcome HRH Princess Benedikte to Northampton and recognise the enduring historic and economic links we share with Denmark. This was also a chance to talk about our town’s bright future. It is a really exciting time for our town. We have already seen a number of Northampton Alive projects completed and yet more progressing. Northampton is open for business. And our Enterprise Zone is bringing even more opportunities to the market. You only have to look at how Northampton has been a platform for success for Carlsberg. Our town is ready to welcome international businesses looking to invest in the UK and take advantage of joining an exciting town that is Alive with ambition, enterprise and opportunity.”
The visit finished with a tour of the Carlsberg brewery, a building the Princess opened almost 40 years ago. As well as talking with staff the Princess found out about the brewery’s plans to invest £40m to build a new bottling line and create up to 60 jobs.
Read David’s speech here.