Archive for year: 2012

David Mackintosh

David welcomes Formula 1 car to Northampton

Cllr David Mackintosh today welcomed a Formula 1 car from the Sahara Force India team to Northampton in the build up to this week’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Northampton Borough Council and The Royal and Derngate Theatres have teamed up to bring a Sahara Force India Formula 1 car to display in town in the week running up to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Based at Silverstone, the Sahara Force India team are riding high, after enjoying their strongest performance of the year at the recent Valencia Grand Prix, with Nico Hulkenberg and Paul Di Resta taking fifth and seventh place respectively earning the team 16 world championship points. As they look ahead to the British Grand Prix, they are giving the people of Northampton the chance to see one of their Formula 1 cars up close, when it takes pride of place in the theatre’s Derngate auditorium from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th July.
Cllr David Mackintosh said, “After being named as one of the country’s newest Enterprise Zones, Northampton is set to become a national centre for innovation technologies and high performance engineering.  It therefore seems fitting that we should bring the Sahara Force India Formula 1 car to town as the county prepares to host the British Grand Prix.  It isn’t everyday people get the chance to be so close to a Formula 1 car and I for one am looking forward to taking a look.”
The Royal and Derngate Operations Manager Richard Clinton commented, “Motorsport is so important for the area, so it’s great to have a car from our most local Formula One team here in the theatre for everyone to see. Not only are Sahara Force India based at Silverstone, but they also use the Mercedes engine manufactured in nearby Brixworth. It’s great to be able to showcase the car in our theatre space and it brings back memories of car launches and such like held here in the past. It’s also a great way to celebrate a world class event, like the Grand Prix, which is taking place on our doorstep.”
The 2012 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix comes to Silverstone from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th July
David Mackintosh

Thousands line Northampton streets for Olympic Torch

Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, has welcomed news that 45,000 people turned out for the Olympic Torch Relay that passed through Northampton today.
The streets along the route were lined with smiling faces and Union Jack flags being waved as crowds cheered the torch on its way from Sixfields, along the Weedon Road, up Black Lion Hill, through the town centre and on into Becket’s Park.  
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said, “There were some terrific scenes today.  The crowds were been really brilliant and the atmosphere was friendly and happy.  It has been a great honour to welcome the torch to Northampton and fantastic to witness this once in a lifetime event.  The whole day has been brilliant.  Very much a day to remember.
“A sign of how successful our part of the relay has been was that we even managed to get both Northampton and #TorchRelayNorthants trending on Twitter as hundreds of people uploaded pictures and positive messages.
“A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to make this event happen and so my thanks go to all those involved.  My thanks also go to those residents who live near the route for their support and tolerance.”
The emergency services reported no problems during the relay’s passage through the town and the roads were reopened earlier than anticipated.
David Mackintosh

David attends launch of Go Safari

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, today attended the launch of Go Safari Northampton – a spectacular safari of animals unleashed on Northampton town centre!
Ornately decorated giraffes, hippos, gorillas, rhinos and elephants will trumpet their way around the streets, parks and open spaces for the summer months.
In total, there are 28 large sculptures on display at a variety of town centre venues including Abington Street, All Saints Piazza, the Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Market Walk Shopping Centre and Beckets Park.
Visitors and residents can enjoy an exciting and unique range of designs created by local and national artists, including Northampton Alive, a rhino that celebrates the culture and history of Northampton as well as a nod to the future developments planned for the town and Blooming Nelly, a beautifully painted elephant inspired by Northampton’s successes in Britain in Bloom.
Northampton Town Centre BID has played a pivotal role in bringing the event to the streets of Northampton with many other local businesses and organisations such as Market Walk, Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Landrover and the University of Northampton backing the initiative.
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said, “We’re really pleased to welcome Go Safari to the streets of Northampton.  They will be a brilliant addition to the great heritage, shopping and other events that we have to offer this summer and I know people will enjoy going on the hunt through the streets to spot each of the animals.”
This project is presented by Wild in Art, UK’s leading company specializing in mass participation public art events in partnership with Northampton Town Centre BID.
A map detailing all of the locations is available here.
David Mackintosh

Flying the flag for our Armed Forces

This week the Armed Forces Flag will be flying proudly outside The Guildhall and County Hall as the town marks Armed Forces Day.
At 9.30am this morning councillors from Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council simultaneously raised the Flag outside of their town centre offices. The event was also attended by members of the Royal British Legion.
At The Guildhall, Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, had the honour of raising the Flag.
Councillor Mackintosh said “You only have to look at the huge crowds that greeted the 9th/12th Lancers to understand there is an important the connection between service personnel and their home town. So I am delighted we will get the chance to celebrate and honour the important work of our armed forces, past and present.
“This week everyone coming into our town will see both Flags flying showing how proud we are of our veterans, cadets and active service personnel.”
David Mackintosh

Enterprise Zone ready to meet job creation challenge

Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone is ready to meet the challenge of creating jobs and encouraging business to invest in the area.
At a breakfast meeting today, Cllr David Mackintosh announced that the Enterprise Zone is open for business, which is demonstrated by the advances that are being made towards the creation of a thriving and vibrant economic hub along Northampton’s Waterside.
Cllr Mackintosh said that enormous progress has already been made this year, with the agreement to fund the redevelopment of Northampton’s Castle Station, the £25 million expansion of Carlsberg’s bottling plant and the announcement that the University of Northampton is considering relocating to the Enterprise Zone.
He said that Northampton would be promoted to a global audience as a centre of excellence for new and innovative business, building on a great track record as the home of international names including Avon, Carlsberg and Barclaycard.
A website has now been set up and a joint plan developed to ensure partners from SEMLEP, the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership and NEP, the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, as well as the region’s local authorities, are promoting the enterprise zone as a tool to drive prosperity across the area.
Cllr Mackintosh said, “The Waterside Enterprise Zone is open for business. We know that our plan for creating jobs and attracting investment is ambitious but that does not put us off. Across this region our partners are working with us to make Northampton a leading destination for business and innovation.
“We have already taken the first steps and we have a great base to build on. My message today is that with our great mix of enterprise and heritage, we have so much to offer and we are ready to go.”
Dr Ann Limb, Chair of SEMLEP, commented “The Enterprise Zone is at the heart of Northampton.  I have asked my colleagues to go out and be ambassadors, to show that they believe in the Enterprise Zone and help to take business into it. Northampton is alive and ready – this will be not just the largest enterprise zone, but the most successful.”
More information about the Waterside Enterprise Zone can be found
David Mackintosh

Free parking in Northampton for Olympic Torch visit

Parking restrictions will be relaxed in Northampton on the morning the Olympic Torch Relay comes to town so that as many people as possible can enjoy the once-in-a lifetime spectacle.
Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council have both agreed to the concession up to midday on Monday 2nd July.
The county council will be offering free on-street parking at pay and display bays in the town centre but other enforcement will continue to avoid vehicles causing any obstructions while the borough council will offer free parking in all of its car parks up until midday.
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council said, “The Olympic Torch coming to our town is a huge event and will be something that will be remembered for years to come. Across the country we have seen huge crowds come out to greet the Torch and feel part of the excitement as we count down to the first London Olympics in a generation. 
“We are still a couple of weeks away, but you can already feel the excitement growing with the bunting in the town centre and regular updates on the news every night. 
“I am pleased to say that parking at all of the Borough Council’s car parks will be free on the morning the Torch comes to town. We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to come and see the Torch. This is something that should not be missed as it may not happen again for a very long time, so come into Northampton, park for free and help us to welcome the Olympic Torch to our town.”
Cllr Ben Smith, County Council Cabinet member with responsibility for enforcement, said “I’m delighted to announce that the county council will be offering free on-street parking at pay and display bays in Northampton town centre on the day the Olympic Torch relay comes to town.
“However, other parking contraventions such as causing an obstruction and parking on yellow lines will be enforced to make sure that congestion is minimised.
“This is a big day for the town and the county as a whole and I’m pleased we’re working with the borough council to help make sure we can get as many people as possible to enjoy this hugely important event.”
David Mackintosh

Work begins on fire-hit building in Bridge Street

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council has welcomed news that work is about to begin to clear away debris from the former Angel Hotel in Bridge Street, which was seriously damaged by fire in January.
This first phase of work is expected to take around two weeks and will see the site made safe for construction workers so that businesses based in the building can begin their own rebuilding work.
Skips will be delivered and taken away from the site frequently while the work is taking place but machinery will be based in a courtyard away from the road and it is hoped that there will be minimal disruption to other businesses and road users.
External scaffolding supports the former Hotel and the hoarding surrounding that structure is encroaching into the road, which has been open to one-way traffic only since the fire.  This preliminary work will pave the way to the removal of the scaffolding and hoarding and the eventual reopening of the road to two-way traffic. 
Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said, “I am delighted that progress is being made to let the bar owners whose premises were damaged start to rebuild.  I am aware that the continued closure of one side of the road has affected businesses in the wider area and this is the critical first step towards returning Bridge Street to normal.
“I will keep up the dialogue with Northamptonshire County Council and others involved to make sure that work goes ahead as quickly as possible.”
David Mackintosh

Agreement to move Sixfields plans forward

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, has today announced that Northampton Borough Council is in advanced talks with Northampton Town Football Club and the Homes and Community Agency on an agreement to that would pave the way for development in the Sixfields area.
At a recent meeting, the three organisations discussed plans that would enable regeneration in the area, which is part of the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone. The Homes and Communities Agency owns a large amount of the land in the Zone and the wider Sixfields area.
Any development would complement the unfolding plans for the Enterprise Zone and would attract businesses to invest and create jobs. This could ultimately see hotel and conference facilities, offices and retail use on the Sixfields site. The agreement would also enable to football club to move forward with the development of their stadium. 
An initial agreement is expected to be signed in the next two weeks. 
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said:  “We are close to a deal that would have real business benefits for the Enterprise Zone and also allow Northampton Town Football Club to move forward with the redevelopment of the stadium.
“This would be an investment in the local area that would provide facilities for the local community but importantly, it would support investment and employment in the Enterprise Zone.”
David Cardoza, Chairman of Northampton Town Football Club, said: “We look forward to bringing this matter to a conclusion and to continuing to work with Northampton Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency to maximise the benefit of the project for the club, the town and the wider community of Northampton. We have been working closely with the Borough Council and are delighted at the can-do attitude they are displaying.”
David Mackintosh

David welcomes possibility of University move

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, has welcomed today’s announcement from the University of Northampton that it is considering relocating to the Enterprise Zone.
Cllr Mackintosh said:  “This really is the best news, and will put Northampton on the map as a university town.  Bringing the University into the Waterside area would create jobs and be a massive boost to the local economy. 
“The University is also an important partner in the Waterside Enterprise Zone and moving into that area will develop important links with business and help create a pool of graduate talent that will encourage other companies to set up here.  This is a really exciting development for Northampton and we strongly support it.”
David Mackintosh

David welcomes Railway Station announcement

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, warmly welcomed the announcement by Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Transport, of funding to allow the redevelopment of Castle Station to go ahead on a visit to Northampton Castle Station.
“This is fantastic news that shows what can be achieved through the strength of our shared commitment to the growth of Northampton. It underlines the confidence that exists at a national level in our ability to deliver the vision for the town’s future – we are not just making plans for regeneration, we are seeing them come to life,” Cllr Mackintosh said.
On 8th March, Cllr Mackintosh, Brian Binley MP and John Markham, Chairman of West Northamptonshire Development Corporation, met with Justine Greening to discuss the urgent need for investment in the station.
“This is a really key decision for Northampton. All the major projects taking place in the town are connected and the station is one of the lynchpins. It’s wonderful to hear that this major investment is going ahead,” Cllr Mackintosh said.