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  • Middleton Cheney Pothole ()
    Article: Feb 16, 2021
    All around we can see the signs of failure with crumbling roads and pavements affecting every town and village in Northamptonshire and an estimated backlog of roads repairs standing at around £100 million.
    Compared to other areas the roads in Northamptonshire are in a poor state and simply patching up potholes and poor stretches has led to uneven and dangerous roads.
  • Concerned lady
    Article: Feb 4, 2021
    The Conservatives are considering options to raise council tax across Northamptonshire but what is certain is that residents in Daventry and South Northamptonshire will be asked to pay over and above and more than their fair share. Above inflation increases in council tax could be nearly 7% in Daventry and almost 5% in South Northamptonshire whilst those in Northampton will face increased bills as well. These extra bills will hit residents next May.
    Liberal Democrat councillor Mark Allen says: "The government promised abolishing failed Northamptonshire County Council and other local councils would bring benefits to residents. Now it's clear that council tax will go up in Daventry and South Northamptonshire and services will get worse.
    Historically both Daventry and South Northamptonshire Councils have avoided going into debt to deliver key services. The new West Northamptonshire Council will take on the debts run up by Northampton Borough and Northamptonshire County Council."
    "Liberal Democrats are pushing the Conservatives to adopt a solution that ensures no resident suffers a council tax increase above the 3.99% limit set by government but so far they have refused to agree. The annual rises in Daventry represent around £100 for an average size property and £70 in South Northamptonshire.
    "It is just wrong that people in Daventry and South Northamptonshire should be subsidising taxpayers in Northampton. Struggling families will be paying more for exactly the same services."
  • Money Down Drain
    Article: Jan 19, 2021
    The Conservative run Northamptonshire County Council and new Shadow West Northants Council are pressing ahead and spending £1.4 million of tax payers' money on consultants to put the future road maintenance contract out to tender.
    The new contract will not be put in place until after the 2021 elections meaning the newly elected council will have had little say in the arrangements for maintaining the areas roads and pavements.
  • Houses being built
    Article: Dec 29, 2020
    Radical plans to stop local people in Northamptonshire having much of a say in local planning decisions are being proposed by the Conservatives. The plans would deny people the chance to raise objections to developments and local councils will also be stripped of their powers to protect local residents from bad developments. The plans will make it easier for developers to 'build, build, build' (in the words of Boris Johnson). Under the plans, decisions would be made centrally with only one opportunity for local people to be involved, at the very early stages of the development of the local plan.
  • Borough Council Northampton
    Article: Dec 22, 2020
    Northampton Borough Council survived over 800 years of turbulence and history but sadly will be scrapped under the Conservative plans.
    This has come about for only one reason. The Conservatives mismanaged the County Council which they have run since 2003 causing meltdown in services and near bankruptcy in 2018. In the end national government stepped in. It was then that both Northampton MPs came out in favour of scrapping Northampton Borough Council and merging it with neighbouring mainly rural areas. Hence bouncing us all into an arrangement that suits no one.