Archive for year: 2012
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.