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Hunsbury Hill Avenue/Harcourt Way – UPDATE

by Jill Hope on 14 January, 2014

At the exhibition about the proposed addition of 71 more homes to the Hunsbury Hill Avenue / Harcourt Way estate in November 2013, representatives from Bloor Homes indicated that they expected the application to go to planning committee in either December 2013 or January 2014. Well December’s meeting has come and gone. January’s meeting is […]

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HS2 (High Speed Two) – why I’m a strong supporter

by Jill Hope on 17 November, 2013

The most important case for HS2 in Northamptonshire is the lack of capacity on the West Coast Main Line (WCML). This serves Northampton via the loop line and Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and many other towns on the main line. From about 2020 there will be little or no spare capacity on the line, which is […]

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I’m pleased to hear that the county council will be cutting the speed limit from the current 70mph to 50mph. This will apply to the entire length of Danes Camp Way from the Mereway roundabout to its junction with Upton Way and the A43 towards the M1 and Towcester. It’s not before time – there […]

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GATEWAYS to Northampton – could be better

by Jill Hope on 1 May, 2011

ONE of the issues raised by local residents is the fact that whatever direction you approach Northampton from, it doesn’t look great. The ways in from the M1 are pretty dull aren’t they? Junction 15, on the right, until recently a prominent stinking waste facility making you want to retch, now looking just like a […]

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ONE of the regular comments I have encountered on the doorstep as I’ve campaigned in West Hunsbury has been that Northampton town centre is dirty. I’m regularly in Abington Street at 8am and I can absolutely promise you that at that time the street is perfectly clean. Then the people come and they drop litter, […]

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THE RECENT M1 Motorway chaos was caused by a fire under the motorway south of London Gateway (formerly Scratchwood) Services.

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West Coast Main Line capacity running out by 2020

by Jill Hope on 13 March, 2011

WRITING in The Guardian, Jim Steer, director of Greengauge 21, a non-profit making organisation researching high-speed rail says: “HS2 is the most efficient way to tackle a fully foreseeable problem – transport capacity is running out”. “It is better to build from scratch rather than again attempt a disruptive line-of-route-upgrade”. Jill Hope agrees and says: […]

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Hunsbury Hill Park Café – latest

by Jill Hope on 11 March, 2011

PLANNING permission has been granted on converting the old toilet block in Hunsbury Hill Park into a café Your local Lib-Dem Borough Councillors and some residents opposed this, but the decision was made by the Planning Committee, which is independent of all political parties. The owner of the premises, Colin Ingle, is keen to work […]

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PLANS for the remodelled and expanded Grosvenor Shopping Centre will be on display opposite Superdry in the Grosvenor Centre (Abington Street entrance) on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 March. Lib Dem Councillor Richard Church, who is the Cabinet member responsible commented: “We have been waiting a long time for these plans to be developed, and […]

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