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  • Exciting Plans revealed for Rectory Farm Community Centre

    Northampton Borough Council are set to carry out a major refurbishment and expansion of Rectory Farm Community. The works are due to be part funded from compensation monies paid to the Council for the release of the Barn Own Pub building covenant which closed in 2016 after it was converted to a Co-Op supermarket. The Community…

  • Refurbished Playground Officially Opened in Rectory Farm

    On September 1st,  in celebration of the newly refurbished Play area, Rectory Farm Residents Association held a family fun. The Mayor Of Northampton, Cllr Tony Ansell,  cut the ribbon and officially re-opened the park. Northampton Borough Council have added new equipment and volunteers from the community and the National Citizenship Scheme painted the existing equipment and fencing. The Family Fun…

  • Government must decide what it expects from our Councils

    A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to attend my first Local Government Association Annual Conference. The Local Government Association (LGA) are an organisation which over 400 councils nationwide belong to. Their role is to lobby Government on behalf of Councils and provide support and training where required. For me the event was a…

  • Growing Together Northampton Launch

    I was delighted to attend the merger launch of Growing Together and Blackthorn Good Neighbours. The two charitable organisations, who do fantastic work in the east of Northampton, will now be officially joined and known as “Growing Together Northampton”. The group run both Blackthorn Community Centre & the Blackthorn Good Neighbours Nursery who were recently awarded outstanding in their…

  • Great British Spring Clean – Rectory Farm

    It was a pleasure to join residents and the Rectory Farm Pocket Park Group for a community litter pick and clean up in Rectory Farm on April 7th. The event was organised as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s “Great British Spring Clean” campaign. The weather held up and lots of rubbish was collected, areas focused on included…

  • Option 3 Preferred Choice for new Playground Equipment

    With the consultation period ending on March 5th, results are now in for residents who voted on their preferred option for new playground equipment in Rectory Farm Playing Fields. Over 70 people gave their feedback, most of whom were local residents. The outcome was close but Option 3 (Swirl & buddy board), was the winner with the…

  • Council Agree Significant Out Of Court Settlement with Hawthorn Leisure

    Below is the official statement from Northampton Borough Council regarding the Barn Owl Pub. While the full figure is yet to be disclosed the amount is significantly more than the original £30,000 offered in the original cabinet paper in 2016. Furthermore the Leader of the Borough Council has personally assured me that this money will…

  • Calling in Commissioners will not solve County Council Problems

    The weekend saw the very well documented local problem of Northamptonshire County Council’s financial woes thrust into national news after the Council issued a Section 114 notice on Friday. Effectively this banned all new spending with in the Council, apart from critical statutory services such as adult social care and children’s services. The move, which hasn’t…

  • Provisional Funding approved for Rectory Farm Playing Fields

    Following my lobbying of Northampton Borough Council, I am pleased to report that they have approved provisional funding for an upgrade and refresh of the Rectory Farm Playing Fields Playground. The aim is to keep and refresh as much of the old “good” equipment as possible while adding some exciting new elements to the popular playground.…

  • Small Business Saturday

    I was delighted to take part in this years Small Business Saturday which took place on December 2nd. I was fortunate to join the Northampton Borough Council Cabinet members and visit several local businesses in the town centre. Many of these have benefited from Northampton Borough Council’s Business Incentive Scheme which are available to new and existing businesses.…

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