Archive for year: 2013

David Mackintosh

Statement on Brian Binley’s retirement

Following the news that Brian Binley has been given the all clear for his cancer treatment, Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, has issued the following statement:

“It is great news and a huge relief that Brian has been given the all clear by his doctors. Brian has tackled his illness head on in his own typical fashion. Even whilst he was undergoing treatment, Brian remained committed to helping his constituents, and we continued to work closely together on the Northampton Alive regeneration projects.”

“Brian has been a tireless servant to his constituents and a passionate advocate for Northampton as the Member of Parliament. I think Brian can be very proud of his achievements, and when he steps down at the next General Election he will be able to look back knowing he has left a lasting mark on the life and politics of our town.”

“There is a process the local Party must now go through to select a candidate for Brian’s seat. To avoid months of speculation, I am today confirming that I intend to put my name forward for selection, and, if I am selected by my Party and elected by the people, I hope to continue to serve Northampton on a national level as the Member of Parliament for Northampton South.”

“Whatever happens, I pledge to continue as Leader of the Borough Council for the next two years and to work tirelessly to fulfil our manifesto commitments to improve the town and make it a place we are all proud of.”

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Alive at Delapre music concerts bring the town to life

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, welcomed performers and visitors to the Alive at Delapre music concerts this weekend to help put Northampton on the map.

Cllr David Mackintosh said, “Alive at Delapre is set to bring three fantastic nights of live music to Northampton. Delapre Park is the perfect setting to enjoy a summer evening with some world class entertainment and we have some of the biggest names in live music coming to our town”.

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Deal announced with The Saints

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, and the Acting Chairman of The Saints, Tony Hewitt, have today announced that the Borough Council and The Saints have entered into negotiations over the provision of funding for the new North Stand at Franklin’s Gardens.

Following positive recent meetings between the club’s management and representatives from the Borough Council, The Saints directors last night (8th July) approved the progression of these discussions into formal negotiations for a loan that would fund the £5 million development at Franklin’s Gardens.

The directors will also instruct the club’s team of professionals to submit a full planning application as soon as possible with a view to build the new North Stand in the summer of 2015.

Cllr David Mackintosh said, “Maintaining a long-term viability and ensuring that the club continues to be a focus of top class sport in Northampton has been a long-standing commitment of The Saints management.”

“It speaks volumes that in a climate where professional sports clubs have taken on more and more debt that The Saints are actually in a position where they are about to become debt-free.”

“This makes me confident that an investment from the Borough Council would be well placed. Not only is The Saints on a solid financial footing, but the expanded Franklin’s Gardens would enable the club and the town as a whole to benefit from Rugby World Cup 2015, bringing more people into Northampton to watch top class rugby.”

“With their plans already drawn up and the planning process already well on its way I am looking forward to seeing the new North Stand be built sooner rather than later!”

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Park Rangers go mobile

Park Rangers in Northampton are taking to the road this month to help look after the town’s many parks and green spaces.

The mobile Park Rangers will work alongside three other Park Rangers who have specific responsibility for caring for Abington Park, Delapre Park and The Racecourse.

As well as patrolling the town’s parks, the vehicles will be used during the day by Neighbourhood Wardens when they are carrying out community clean ups. 

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said, “The Park Rangers’ job is to help make sure that the parks they are responsible for are well cared for and safe. Introducing a mobile ranger on the team means we can now broaden the reach of the service to benefit our other parks.  The vehicles will also be a valuable addition to the good work being done by our other environment and public protection teams.”

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Deal announced for Sixfields Stadium expansion

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, and Cobblers Chairman, David Cardoza, have today announced a landmark deal for the redevelopment of Sixfields Stadium.

The redevelopment will see the capacity of Sixfields increase to around 10,000 and will see the addition of a hotel, corporate boxes, a conference centre and more.

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said, “We made a long term commitment in our election manifesto to help Northampton Town Football Club redevelop Sixfields Stadium.”

“We have agreed a redevelopment partnership with Northampton Town Football Club that involves a housing scheme and small scale, local retail development on land upon which the football club have a 150 year lease, as well as adjacent land near the stadium. We recognise it will take a number of years for the profit from this to come to fruition, so to allow matters to proceed in the meantime Northampton Borough Council will loan the club up to £12 million to allow the redevelopment to go ahead as soon as possible.”

“We know it has been a really frustrating time for the club and its supporters, so we are very pleased to be able to make this announcement.”

“There will be some huge changes to the stadium. There will be a new East Stand, and the approach to the stadium will look very different with a new look West Stand, a conference centre and a hotel and it will be an impressive approach to the town for those arriving from the south west and a huge asset for our developing Enterprise Zone.”

“The loan we are making to the football club will be at no cost to the tax payer. As a public authority we have access to funds that the football club don’t have and the developments will pay for the stadium improvement. Until then, this loan will allow the club to get started.”

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New homes for the homeless

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, and Cabinet for Housing, Cllr Mary Markham, today officially opened two houses which the homelessness charity, Northampton Association for Accommodation of Single Homeless (NAASH), will lease with seven rooms in Spring Boroughs from the Borough Council, to offer homeless people a place to stay.

The new houses will form part of the Government-backed No Second Night Out (NSNO) scheme, which encompasses the idea that no- one should spend a second night on the streets.

NAASH is based at Oasis House in Campbell Street and already manages houses in Spring Boroughs, which provided a base for 34 rough sleepers last year.

 

David Mackintosh

India Trade Mission to promote Enterprise Zone

Cllr David Mackintosh is embarking on a Government Trade Mission to India this week led by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP.

Cllr Mackintosh has been asked to join the delegation to represent the Northampton Enterprise Zone, as well as the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) and the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP).

The visit, organised by UKTI (UK Trade & Investment), will showcase British expertise in India and highlight the potential for inward investment in areas such as Northampton’s Waterside Enterprise Zone. 

Cllr Mackintosh said, “Being asked to take part in this trade mission is a significant opportunity to showcase Northampton, the SEMLEP area and the wider county of Northamptonshire to the Government and private industry of India, which is keen to work with UK companies.

“We have a track record of delivery and are working hard together to create the conditions to support economic recovery. I am keen to play my part in making sure that these opportunities come to companies in our region and that we open the door to investment from India, where people see us as a place they can do business.”

The delegation will travel to Kolkata, Kochi and Ahmedabad for meetings with senior officials from the Governments of Kerala and West Bengal and the Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board as well as representatives from many major private sector companies. Cllr Mackintosh will be looking for opportunities for businesses from across the region to bid for work in India, as well as promoting Northampton and particularly the Enterprise Zone as an area where Indian companies could do business.

He was asked to go because of Northampton’s track record of delivering regeneration through the Northampton Alive programme and creating the conditions for businesses to develop locally.

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Delapre Beer Festival

The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, officially opened the Delapre Beer Festival today which has been organised by Northampton Borough Council in partnership with The Wig & Pen over three days in the grounds of Delapre Abbey.

Earlier this year, the Borough Council stepped in to host the event after CAMRA decided not to go ahead this year.

Cllr David Mackintosh said, “This is a great event enjoyed by the community so we were very pleased to be able to step in and ensure the Beer Festival went ahead.”

 

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Election victory

Cllr David Mackintosh joined Conservatives in celebrating the re-election of a Conservative administration at County Hall.

Cllr Mackintosh was re-elected as the County Councillor for Billing and Rectory Farm.

The results were:

Conservative 1,046
Labour 918
UKIP 806
Liberal Democrat 358

David Mackintosh

Statement following the death of Baroness Thatcher

Following the sad news that former Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher had died, the Leader of Northampton Borough Council has paid tribute to her.

Cllr David Mackintosh said, “Margaret Thatcher was one of this country’s greatest Prime Ministers whose legacy will never be forgotten.”

“She will be remembered for her iron determination and political will; whether taking on the Unions, facing down the IRA by carrying on with the Party Conference after the Brighton bomb or by taking back The Falklands.”

“I was born less than a month before Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister and grew up watching her in power and her legacy, and I became an adult before the Conservatives lost power. I was lucky enough to meet her on a number of occasions whilst working for the Conservative Party and her legacy has strongly influenced my own political views.”

“I am sure many people across Northampton will join me in wanting to pay tribute to a political giant whose legacy will continue in future generations of politicians. My thoughts are with her family.”

Cllr Mackintosh has written to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, expressing his condolences and has tabled a motion in tribute to Baroness Thatcher at the meeting of Northampton Borough Council on 22nd April.