Archive for year: 2013

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Duke of Gloucester visits Northampton

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, today welcomed His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester to Northampton.

The Duke of Gloucester visited Oasis House in Northampton today to see the good work being done to help the homeless.

Oasis House was officially opened at the beginning of 2012 and has revolutionised the provision of services for homeless people in Northampton.  The facility brings together the agencies that support homeless people under one roof.  As well as 48 units of accommodation, including 39 self-contained apartments and nine emergency units, there are dog kennels, training rooms for clients to learn new skills and a day-time drop in facility.

The £5.3 million supported housing scheme was developed by leading housing and care organisation Midland Heart in partnership with Northampton Borough Council, the Homes and Communities Agency, Northamptonshire County Council’s Supporting People, the Hope Centre, NAASH (Northampton Association for Accommodation for Single Homeless), CAN (County of Northampton Council on Addiction), YMCA and Northampton Homeless Forum.

After being introduced to representatives from the various agencies, His Royal Highness toured Oasis House taking in the training rooms, accommodation, dog kennels, canteen and day centre.  During the tour The Duke was introduced to support workers, volunteers and service users and shown a special painting of hope created by pupils from the Caroline Chisholm School.

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said “Oasis House has shown a new vision for the support of homeless people and I was delighted to be able to welcome HRH the Duke of Gloucester to see the great work being done. Oasis House provides high quality accommodation and, more crucially, the support services that people need to move forward with their lives.”

The Duke of Gloucester later visited 78 Derngate which was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

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New home for Athletics Club

Northampton’s athletics club could soon be enjoying brand new facilities as part of the deal to redevelop Sixfields Stadium.

Northampton Borough Council, Moulton College and the Rugby and Northampton Athletics Club have come together to find a new home for the town’s athletics club when the development work begins at Sixfields. The deal would see the club move to Moulton College’s campus to enjoy all the benefits of state of the art facilities to support the athletes train and compete.

The new athletics track and supporting infrastructure will be the latest addition to the £18 million invested in sporting facilities already in place at Moulton College.

Sixfields Stadium is set to expand, increasing the capacity and enabling the creation of new corporate and hospitality facilities in the Waterside Enterprise Zone. As part of the redevelopment the land used by the Rugby and Northampton Athletics Club will be used to support the building of the new facilities.

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council said “We are supporting the Cobblers with exciting plans that would see Sixfields Stadium redeveloped with modern facilities and a larger crowd capacity. As part of this multi-million pound project we are also looking to secure a new home for the Rugby and Northampton Athletics Club.”

“There is a real opportunity to use the redevelopment of Sixfields to help the Athletics Club relocate to a new venue with improved facilities that meet their current and future needs. Moulton College has an excellent reputation for providing top class facilities in everything they do, so  this move could be the start of bigger and better things for the athletics club.”

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Cricket Club honoured at The Guildhall

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council joined the Mayor of Northampton to welcome Northamptonshire County Cricket Club to a Civic Reception at The Guildhall this evening after a superb season winning promotion to Division 1 and the Friends Life t20 Trophy.

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council said “Congratulations to everyone at Northants Cricket for completing a fantastic year of cricket. This year saw the team improve in every format of the sport, and this has been rewarded with success in this season’s T20 Cup and the County Championship.”

“This year has been fantastic for all of our sporting teams with The Cobblers and The Saints both reaching finals, and The Steelbacks going one better by winning the Friends Life T20 trophy and earning promotion back to the top division of the County Championship after almost a decade away. This evening we are giving everyone the chance to join the celebrations as we recognise our sporting heroes.”

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Demolition of Gasometer begins

Work has started today to demolish houses in Tanner Street and the Gasometer to make way for the St Peter’s Waterside developments in the Enterprise Zone.

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said, “This site is another part of the bigger picture of regeneration across Northampton and we look forward to receiving the application which our Planning Committee will consider in due course.”

“Projects such as the nearby St Peter’s Waterside development – which also involves the removal of a gasholder – the new Northampton Railway Station and the new North Gate bus station are helping transform our town.”

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Bus Interchange name announced

A topping out ceremony was held at the new Northampton Bus Interchange today and in a nod to the town’s history, it will be named the North Gate Bus Station, as it marks the site of the original Northern entrance to the town.

It is just one part of the massive Northampton Alive programme of projects which are helping to create a buzz about the town and deliver real benefits.

These include plans for a Heritage Gateway which will hark back to Northampton’s rich history and its strong links with monarchy.

Construction work started in May on the new interchange at the site bordered by Sheep Street, Bradshaw Street, Silver Street and Greyfriars, with work on The Drapery commencing a month later.

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said “This is a major milestone for the project, which will help create a warmer welcome for visitors to our town.”

“Northampton Alive and the Waterside Enterprise Zone have helped us attract huge Government and partner investment which we would otherwise have had no access to.”

“These improvements are helping create a town which is fit for the twenty-first century, and one we can all be extremely proud of.”

The £7 million scheme is jointly funded by Northampton Borough Council, the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation and Northamptonshire County Council.

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Major expansion for Church’s Shoes to create 150 jobs

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, has today announced an agreement over the sale of the First Bus Depot in St James as part of a land deal that could create up to 150 jobs and support the growth of a global brand based in Northampton.

Northampton Borough Council has brokered a deal that would see the vacant bus depot in St James Road, which sits on the edge of the Waterside Enterprise Zone, brought together with some land owned by the Homes and Communities Agency as the site for expansion of the Church’s shoe factory, bringing investment, job creation and growth to the Enterprise Zone.

With access to different sources of funding, the Borough Council is able to bring this land together quickly for redevelopment. Negotiations are already underway to sell the land on as part of a deal that would see Church’s, which is owned by the Prada Group, take over the site and develop the existing Church’s Shoes factory complex.

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council said: “Our Enterprise Zone is home to some major global brands and this is an opportunity to support one of these companies with their ambitions to grow in Northampton. 

“The St James Depot is a prime site in the Enterprise Zone and it is important that the site is part of the exciting growth and development of the area and contributes to the wider regeneration of the town. The building has been part of our town’s landscape for over a century and the action we are taking will see the site swiftly brought back into use, and another successful Northampton Alive project delivered. 

“This will not only create jobs, but see investment into a traditional Northampton-based company, which will see more high quality shoes being sold around the world with the ‘made in Northampton’ mark proudly displayed.”

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University planning application submitted

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, today received an outline planning application for the University of Northampton’s new £330 million Waterside campus in the town centre as it was submitted to the Borough Council.

Cllr David Mackintosh said, “The campus plan is one of the cornerstone developments for both the Waterside Enterprise Zone and Northampton town centre”.

“This outline planning application is a major step forward for the project. If approved, it will pave the way for the University of Northampton to relocate to the heart of our business district.”

“We believe it will help create research and development opportunities, making Northampton one of the most ambitious and progressive boroughs in the country.”

“The application is now available for anyone to view through the planning pages on our website and we will bring it before the planning committee in due course.”

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Construction starts on new Railway Station

Construction work on Northampton Enterprise Zone’s new railway station has started. The £20 million development will create more space and improve facilities, to support continued economic growth within Northampton’s Enterprise Zone.
The current station reaches capacity at peak times, but these works will double the space, supporting commercial expansion plans in the wider Enterprise Zone by facilitating increased commuter travel.
The new station will also have bigger and better shops, cafés and waiting areas.
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said, “At last we will have a railway station worthy of a town the size and importance of Northampton. As a key gateway to the Enterprise Zone, this will be a facility we can be proud of and will present a fitting welcome for visitors to our town. This announcement is one of the most significant signals yet that Northampton is Alive and open for business.”
The station development is expected to take around a year for completion by the end of 2014.

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Opening of new Skatepark Cafe

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, joined Brian Binley MP and Cllr Tim Hadland for the official opening of the new Skatepark Cafe.

Earlier this year Northampton Borough Council started work on a new cafe to support the popularity of the town’s skatepark.

A new five-year lease agreement has been awarded to a Northampton-based company with a menu that offers a wide range of locally produced foods.

The new cafe will be open 52 weeks a year, with longer opening times on weekends and during the summer holidays.

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Phipps Brewery returning to Northampton

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, has welcomed news that the former Phipps Brewery will be brought back into use creating 20 new jobs in the Enterprise Zone.

Phipps beer was brewed in Northampton from 1817 to 1972 and will now return with a redevelopment in Kingswell Street.

Cllr David Mackintosh said “This is the ideal location for Phipps, which would be an excellent addition to the business mix within our Enterprise Zone and it is great to see it coming back to Northampton.”