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Archive for the ‘Local Services’ Category

Garages in St James – CENSORED!

by Jill Hope on 3 April, 2014

LOCAL RESIDENTS attending the March meeting of the St James Residents’ Association complained of the state of so many garages in the area. There are 1,800 empty council-owned garages in Northampton, and at a time when people are keen to rent a garage from the Northampton Borough Council, the council has many, many garages that […]

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Shock at new Parish Council tax

by Jill Hope on 1 June, 2013

On May 16 I had a fascinating experience. I went to the first ever West Hunsbury Parish Council meeting (which falls in my County Council Division of Sixfields). This is the parish council that most residents didn’t want – including almost all the elected councillors. Most of the candidates that said they wanted a parish […]

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Tory Borough Council selling us all out

by Jill Hope on 29 July, 2012

“I’m getting very worried about Northampton at the moment” writes County Councillor Richard Church. It’s not that it doesn’t have much going for it, because it does. It’s got a strong work force, it’s located fantastically, it’s got beautiful architecture, a proud history, art galleries, theatres, shops, restaurants, and residents that want to thrive, and […]

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BROWN BINS – I meant what I said!

by Jill Hope on 14 April, 2011

PEOPLE in West Hunsbury are a bit confused. I told them they were getting fortnightly brown bin collections back in June, and they have just received a calendar for 2011/12 showing monthly brown bin collections. DON’T WORRY, the calendars were printed months ago, and needed to be issued now to update residents on the collection […]

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WHEN I HEARD that the Borough Council was hoping to hand its community centres over to local communities, I guessed that it was a money-saving exercise. However, because the users of the Camp Hill Community Centre have asked me to become involved in the process, I’ve found out more about it, and to my surprise […]

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Let’s have just ONE Council for Northampton!

by Jill Hope on 7 April, 2011

AS PART OF the Liberal Democrats campaign for a second term at The Guildhall we want one council running town services. These are currently being run by two councils – the Borough Council and County Council – Ridiculous! This means much duplication of administration and other resources and wastes money. But there is another good reason. […]

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THE LIB DEMS won control of the Council for the first time in May 2007. It’s the first time the Liberal Party were in power here since the 1920s. On 5 May this year, we proudly defend our four-year record. Before 2007, the Council was run by a disastrous Conservative administration and, for 12 years […]

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FOUR YEARS AGO, faced with one of the worst performing local authorities in the country, Northampton’s voters turned to the Liberal Democrats to pull the council from the brink of government intervention and put the pride back in our town. Today, the Borough Council is in good financial shape. Local services are improving and the council is punching above its […]

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The only question on May 5th

by Jill Hope on 29 March, 2011

THE LIB DEMS won control of the Council for the first time in May 2007. Before 2007, the Council was run by a minority Conservative administration. For 12 years before that by Labour. The Conservatives left the Council in administrative and financial chaos. It had been rated poor by the Audit Commission in successive reports in 2004 […]

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LIB DEMS save local Post Offices across the UK

by Jill Hope on 22 March, 2011

A KEY Lib Dem achievement in the Coalition has been securing the future of Britain’s Post Office network. Business Secretary Vince Cable MP has secured funding of £1.34 billion for Britain’s post offices and a Government commitment that there will be no programme of post office closures under this Coalition. Jill Hope said: “We are […]

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