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Archive for the ‘Planning’ Category

Tory failure over the Grosvenor Centre

by Jill Hope on 1 July, 2012

Cllr Richard Church has slammed the Tories failure over the Grosvenor Centre in a letter to the local press. Richard writes: “I am delighted to see that Conservative Council leader David Mackintosh says he will do anything to save the Grosvenor Centre redevelopment. I just hope he actually means it. A year ago, the incoming […]

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THE Department for Transport (DfT) has stated that the West Coast Main Line (WCML) is now twice as busy as when it was last upgraded. That upgrade caused 10 years of disruption for commuters from Northampton to London. Some people who object to High Speed 2, the proposed new high speed rail link to Birmingham […]

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What does ‘localism’ mean to you?

by Jill Hope on 21 March, 2011

THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT LibDem Group has just produced a leaflet “Delivering Localism – how Liberal Democrats in Government are helping to set councils free”. You can read it here. Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister says in his introduction: “Our Party, more than any other, is built […]

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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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Hunsbury Hill youth shelter – latest

by Jill Hope on 10 March, 2011

A NUMBER of people have responded to the request in the February FOCUS newsletter asking whether the Youth Shelter behind the Hill Shop should be moved. Everyone who has responded, including all the people who attended the Hills Residents meeting, agreed that the shelter should be moved. The site that has been proposed is the […]

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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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READERS may be aware of the unpopular decision by the Conservative-led County Council to site a waste re-cycling facility on the derelict old Blisworth sewage farm. This is between the railway embankment of the West Coast Main Line and Young’s nursery between Milton Malsor and Blisworth. Both Milton Malsor and Blisworth Parish Councils objected to […]

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THE CHRONICLE’S report was an accurate report – as far as it went. It mentioned the visit of a group of skateboarders to the meeting to demonstrate their enthusiastic support for the £250,000 which the Lib Dem Council has allocated to develop an international standard skate park in Northampton. The report also pictured protestors against […]

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Are you a rail commuter from West Hunsbury?

by Jill Hope on 2 March, 2011

THE COALITION Government has started its consultation on the HS2 line from London to Birmingham. This will be the first link in bringing high speed trains to Manchester, Leeds and eventually Scotland. Opponents argue that the £17bn scheme will be a waste of money and that updating the existing West Coast Main Line (WCML) would […]

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