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THE FOUNTAIN ON THE MARKET SQUARE has at last been refurbished and open. The work cost about £50,000. Was it worth it? Read what the BBC have reported.

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A PROTEST AGAINST THE OPENING OF THE EAST END OF ABINGTON STREET TO TRAFFIC is to take place on Saturday 29 March around lunchtime. The protest will take the form of inviting people to leave a chalk message on the street. We are assured the messages will be water-soluble and wash away in the rain […]

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NORTHAMPTON’S NEW NORTH GATE BUS STATION has opened with gridlock in the town centre on its first real working day test.Click here to see the BBC report

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Abington Street opening up to through traffic

by Jill Hope on 1 March, 2014

THE PUBLIC RESPONSE to a survey by Northampton Borough Council was a resounding “NO” by THREE to ONE but the council ignore it and just carry on. So what was the point of asking the public in the first place? You can see the full reports by clicking here – the following is a summary: […]

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A PUBLIC MEETING is being held on Tuesday 18 February at 6pm in the Guildhall to discuss the plan to open the top part of Abington Street to traffic. SO Far 90% of voters have said “NO” to these plans in on an on-line poll by the Northampton Herald and Post. 17 shops in this […]

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At first I couldn’t believe my eyes, I though it must be some other town like Nottingham. £3M! £3M to open up a very short stretch of road at the top of Abington Street? Apparently it will ‘provide a vital boost’ to the local economy. The top of Abington Street is a pleasant area with […]

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STOP PRESS: Please note that Westbridge on St James’ Road will be CLOSED to all traffic from 7pm tp 6am for 10 days from Wednesday, 13 November. This is for work to prepare for new access and roads layout for the the new Northampton Castle Station on which work has just started for completion next […]

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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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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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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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