Archive for year: 2012

David Mackintosh

Leader visits evacuated residents at Lings Forum

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, today visited Lings Forum to speak to people evacuated from their homes at Billing Aquadrome last night because of the risk of flooding.
Cllr Mackintosh was at Lings Forum last night during the evacuation and will today meet with Billing residents who are staying in the rest centre and to listen to their experiences.
Cllr Mackintosh said, “Everyone involved in the evacuation and the rest centre are doing a great job with many people volunteering their time to help. I wanted to come along today and listen to people and see what extra help I can offer to them while they are in this difficult situation.”
Northampton Borough Council is standing by to provide any assistance that is necessary to the other agencies during this incident.
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Support offered for Talk Talk staff

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council has today met with executives from Talk Talk to discuss the support available to workers whose jobs in the town may be under threat.
The meeting follows the announcement earlier this week that the company’s site in Northampton is to close.
Cllr Mackintosh and officers from Northampton Borough Council met with Talk Talk at the company’s Northampton offices today alongside representatives from Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership and Jobcentre Plus. Together the agencies are looking to offer a support network that will co-ordinate information about local job vacancies and link them with people who might be displaced by the Talk Talk move.
There are also plans to host job fairs for affected staff and for the Borough Council to be the contact point between businesses planning recruitment campaigns and Talk Talk.
Cllr Mackintosh said that it was a positive and practical meeting. He said, “Talk Talk were pleased that all the agencies who might be able to help affected staff have already got together and been able to offer them a single point of contact with companies that have vacancies to fill.  We are now putting plans in place and will remain in contact while this process continues.”
David Mackintosh

Walk the future of Northampton

An exciting exhibition was opened at The Guildhall this week to give visitors the opportunity of walking through the Northampton of tomorrow.
Northampton Alive sets out how plans for the regeneration of Northampton are shaping up and give an update on the progress on some of the key projects that are underway, including the Grosvenor/Greyfriars development, the Enterprise Zone, Castle Station, St John’s and Avon Nunn Mills.
Visitors will also be able to use the interactive, 3D virtual model of Northampton town centre showcasing some of the key developments, find out more about the restoration of Delapre Abbey and the creation of the Northampton skatepark, speak to the Leader of Northampton Borough Council and regeneration specialists about the future development of the town and discover why there has rarely been a better time to live, work or invest in Northampton
Northampton Alive was launched in March and now Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire County Council and West Northamptonshire Development Corporation have put together the exhibition to give local people a chance to find out what is going on.
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said all the organisations were working together to strengthen the local economy and create the right opportunities for prosperity.
He said, “There are some really exciting things going on in Northampton and plans to drive the economy in the future through great initiatives like the Waterside Enterprise Zone are really taking shape.  We want a dynamic town with a vibrant economy that mixes the best of our heritage and culture with new investment and development. I hope people will take the opportunity to come along to the exhibition and find out about all the positive moves that are well underway.”
Cllr Jim Harker, Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, added “Creating prosperity in Northampton and the county as a whole is one of the key priorities for the county council and this is why we’re working with our partners on this exciting initiative to make sure it becomes a reality. There are a number of projects which are being brought forward now at quite a pace and these are key to strengthening the local economy and attracting more investment and development.”
David Mackintosh

New Skatepark for Northampton

This week work is set to start on a new £250,000 national-class skatepark at Midsummer Meadow in Northampton.
The project, funded by Northampton Borough Council, attracted a high level of interest from local skaters and others who formed the Skatepark Action Group which attracted almost 1,000 supporters as well as a message of support from Tony Hawk, the world’s most famous skateboarder.
Bringing together local talent and enthusiasm with some of the best designers in the country, the new skatepark is set to become a major regional attraction for BMXing, skateboarding, roller blading, stunt scooters and other wheel sports. Over the next three months the skatepark will take shape and be opened towards the end of summer.
Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council said, “Over the next few months we will see the creation of a fantastic new facility that will give the skateboarders and BMXers of our town a new home. Our town is home to a significant number of people who enjoy these sports and we needed to provide facilities that met their needs and provided a place they could enjoy without having to worry about traffic or pedestrians. So I am delighted to see work start on what could become a big attraction to our town.”
Kevin Charles, chair of the Skatepark Action Group said, “We are really pleased that after years of campaigning the skatepark is finally becoming a reality. This will be an asset for Northampton and a destination park for both national and international action sports participants, ensuring Northampton is firmly re established on the global action sports map.”
More information about the Northampton Skatepark will be available at next week’s Northampton Alive exhibition in the Guildhall. Visitors to the exhibition will also get the chance to enter into a draw to officially open the new facility later this year.
David Mackintosh

Sporting team line-up for town centre promotion

Northampton Borough Council has teamed up with the towns sporting giants to give them a platform to promote sporting events and sell tickets in the town centre.
A dedicated area in the Guildhall’s One Stop Shop has been created to allow the Cobblers, the Saints and Northants Cricket to showcase their fixtures and events to people from this prime location.
And a computer has been linked up to those sites so that anyone who drops in can go online free of charge to purchase tickets for any of the events and find out information about forthcoming matches and promotions.
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “Northampton stands out as one of the few towns with a professional football league team, a premiership rugby side and first-class county cricket.
“These sporting links aren’t just reasons to be proud in the town, they are also really important to the local economy and we are pleased to be able to share our facilities to support them in this way.”
“We want people to view the One Stop Shop as a focal point where they can access information about lots of different organisations. This is just one more service we can offer local people,” added Cllr Brandon Eldred, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement.
Northampton Town Chairman David Cardoza said: “Attendances at Sixfields are on the increase, and it makes sense that we have as many different options available for supporters to purchase tickets as possible.
“I would like to thank the Borough Council for their assistance and we are sure many Cobblers fans will take the opportunity to purchase their tickets for Sixfields when visiting the Guildhall.”   
Northants Cricket Marketing Manager Lena Blackmore said: “We think this is a fantastic initiative by Northampton Borough Council and are delighted to be involved. This is just another way sports fans in the town can get tickets to watch first-class cricket this summer.”
Tony Hewitt, vice-chairman of Northampton Saints, said: “It is great to see Northampton Borough Council be proactive in supporting the Saints and the other sporting clubs in Northampton in this way. As one of the most recognised buildings in Northampton and with a good location, the Guildhall provides a convenient place for everyone who comes into the town centre to book tickets for some of the great sport we have going on in the town. It is certainly a positive that the Borough Council leadership is encouraging the town’s public to get behind their sports clubs and providing the means to do so.”
David Mackintosh

Looking at joint savings for Northampton’s tax payers

Cllr David Mackintosh has today announced that Northampton Borough Council is working with LGSS, the organisation set up to share services between Northamptonshire County Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, to explore the potential of joining the partnership.

LGSS was set up more than a year ago to provide a wide range of support services for both local authorities.  Since the establishment of LGSS, the two founding authorities have saved £11 million and to join the partnership could pave the way for savings for Northampton Borough Council in administration and other back office costs.

Northampton Borough Council is at an early stage in negotiations with LGSS and no decision has yet been made over which services could be included in any sharing agreement. LGSS provides a full range of back-office services, including IT, HR, finance, property and asset management and legal.

Cllr David Mackintosh said, “LGSS has proved that it can deliver cutting edge services in a way that enormously reduces costs. We have been clear that we will reduce management costs and ensure that the taxpayers’ money is spent effectively, with a focus on frontline services.  We are in discussions with LGSS about how Northampton Borough Council can benefit from being part of that shared service organisation to become the leaner, more efficient organisation we need to be.”

David Mackintosh

Honour for Northampton’s Sea Cadets

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, today gave a speech at The Guildhall officially awarding the town’s Sea Cadets the Freedom of the Borough of Northampton.

The ceremony awarding the Freedom of the Borough took place in The Great Hall at The Guildhall. The honour recognises the Cadets’ positive contribution to the town since they were founded. And, the award is being made in appreciation of the outstanding services of the Sea Cadets working with young people, representing Northampton and bringing prestige to the town through their many successes in winning honours.

Cllr David Mackintosh said, “The Freedom of the Borough is an expression of the high esteem and regard in which the Sea Cadets is held and I am proud that we are honouring them in this way. The Cadets are an important part of our community, giving young people a positive activity to get involved with and a chance to demonstrate everything that is good about our town.

“We have some fantastic groups and organisations in our town, the Northampton and Wellingborough Sea Cadets being an excellent example, so it is only fitting we show how proud we are of them. I would like to invite everyone to come along to the Parade and show their appreciation for some of our town’s most dedicated and outstanding young people.”

David Mackintosh

Lobbying the Government for a new railway station

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, joined a delegation of influential Northampton figures in London to continue lobbying the Government for the redevelopment of the town’s Castle railway station.

The team were in the capital to meet with Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Transport. Representing our town, the delegation outlined why investment should be considered by the Government for the redevelopment of Castle Station.

Cllr Mackintosh joined Brian Binley MP, Northampton South, and John Markham OBE, Chairman of West Northamptonshire Development Corporation to meet with the Secretary of State for Transport.

The visit is part of a series of meetings to convince the Government of the need to develop Castle station. Last month, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable MP, visited The Guildhall and was also told of the importance of developing the station.

Cllr Mackintosh, who also represented Northamptonshire County Council at the meeting, said, “Across our town we are seeing progress being made in bringing our plans to life, and, at the same time we are taking advantage of new opportunities as they appear. The redevelopment of Castle Station would be a very important project for Northampton.

“All of the major projects underway are connected, and today we had the chance to help the Secretary of State see how important her support would be in helping us to attract investment and create jobs in Northampton.”

Brian Binley MP, Northampton South said, “This was a useful meeting with Justine Greening MP to outline our vision for a new railway station which is vital for taking the town forward. We will continue to press our case with Government.”

David Mackintosh

Marking Holocaust Memorial Day

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, today marked Holocaust Memorial Day with a ceremony at The Guildhall to remember those who suffered in the past as well as reflecting on the challenges faced by people due to hate and prejudice today.

Pupils from Lumbertubs Primary School, Thomas Becket Catholic School, the Northampton Youth Forum and John Josephs from the local Jewish community will all be involved.

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said “It is important to make take time to remember those who have suffered from hate or prejudice because of their faith, nationality, sexuality, skin colour or any reason to do with who they are. Hate crime and bullying still happen in all societies, but we are lucky to live in a town that welcomes people and celebrates the diversity of our communities.

A related exhibition ‘Stamp out Hate Crime’ is being shown in Northampton Museum and Art Gallery until 4th March. It includes concentration camp boots, a new exhibition produced by young people and some information about local Jewish heritage.

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David welcomes Business Secretary to Northampton

Cllr David Mackintosh welcomed the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Dr Vince Cable, to The Guildhall during a visit to Northampton.

The visit included sites in the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone and the meeting at The Guildhall to discuss the local economy was attended by the Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Cllr Jim Harker, and representatives from the West Northants Development Corporation, the South East Midlands Enterprise Partnership, the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, the University of Northampton, the Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce and local businesses.