Another Car Park To Be Lost In Wellingborough

A town centre car park in Wellingborough will be lost to make way for 12 flats.

The one and two bedroom flats on the Doddington Road site, which will not have any of their own parking spaces, were approved by Wellingborough council’s planning committee last night (Wednesday).

The decision comes after the council controversially approved in April a plan to build more than 100 homes on town centre car park Jackson Lane, despite widespread protests from traders and users.

The plan to build the flats in Doddington Road was given a mixed reception by councillors with some in favour and others opposed.

Labour councillor Tim Maguire said: “I was very critical of the council a few months ago for not delivering housing needs.

“This car park is never full and it is an empty piece of ground.

“It is ideal, we are crying out for two bedroom properties.”

And Conservative councillor  Barry Graves said the plan would  help with the regeneration of the town centre.

The 820 metre square site, which sits in front of Croyland gardens, has 30 car parking spaces.

Two residents who live near to the car park, and ward councillor Val Anslow who lives nearby, objected to the application.

Mrs Belson who has lived in Doddington Road for 20 years said parking is an issue in the area.

She said: “Not only are the council proposing to lose a valuable car park, they want to build flats in its place with no parking facilities.

“It is fanciful to think people who rent or live in one or two bed flats have no cars.

“What about visitors to the flats? Are they coming on bikes.”

Jonathan Hornett, from Community Voices, said: “From the responses of both the Labour and Conservative councillors, it’s clear that these councillors, who all live outside of the town, really do not want people to visit or work in Wellingborough.

“This is yet another clueless sell of of public land that will never be replaced; yet again scant regard has been taken on board regarding local residents concerns, and yet more car parking spaces will be lost. It is truly mind boggling how badly our town is being run.”

Seven councillors on the committee voted to approve the plan and three voted against.

Northamptonshire All Age Autism Strategy

Consultation on the Northamptonshire All Age Autism Strategy starts today.

Northamptonshire County Council, Corby CCG and Nene CCG are consulting on a draft Northamptonshire All Age Autism Strategy, which has been written by a mixed group of people in a steering group that included autistic people and family members and carers. It says how different local organisations in Northamptonshire will work together to support autistic people of all ages in a much better way throughout their lives. We would like to know your views on the vision and priorities that have been identified to make things better for autistic people in Northamptonshire.

Please visit their website for further information.

Have your say

You can give Northamptonshire County Council, Corby CCG and Nene CCG your views in a number of ways. Please visit their website for all of the different ways you can give your feedback to these proposals, including an online questionnaire.

This consultation closes at 5pm on Sunday 7 October 2018.

Details of this consultation and other past and present consultations are available on Northamptonshire County Council’s Consultation Register.

Bob Fletcher
Commissioning Manager (Autism)
Northamptonshire Adult Social Services (NASS)
One Angel Square
Angel Street
Northampton
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Why Northamptonshire Went Bust

Simon Duffy visited Wellingborough to explore with citizens of Northamptonshire why their County Council had become bankrupt.

He argues that Northamptonshire is bankrupt in three ways:

  1. Financially – it could not pay its debts
  2. Politically – its leaders were no longer persuasive
  3. Intellectually – its thinking was no longer credible

Northamptonshire County Council was a leading Conservative Council, one that had led the way in the privatisation of almost every function. However privatisation and austerity together have undermined the whole system, leaving local people desperate and fearful as central government now reorganises the Council – splitting it into two parts, while destroying the 7 district councils beneath it.

Simon goes on to offer practical examples of the kind of community and citizenship orientated approaches which could help local communities escape the fate of Northamptonshire.

 


Originally published on the Centre for Welfare Reform website.

Film published by Lou Armitt.

Presentation: Responding to Northamptonshire’s Bankruptcy © Simon Duffy 2018.

All Rights Reserved. No part of this paper may be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher except for the quotation of brief passages in reviews.

Can You Catch Your Bus Today?

Your bus may be axed today – what have you done about it?

More than a dozen bus services will be withdrawn after Northamptonshire County Council ended their subsidies. Routes across the north of the county being axed from July 22 include those covering Kettering, Wellingborough and their surrounding villages. They include the Stagecoach 34 (Brambleside – Kettering – Pytchley – Little Harrowden – Wellingborough – Berrymoor) and 34A (Brambleside – Kettering town centre – Leisure centre) from Monday to Saturday.  The Centrebus 35 Great Cransley – Loddington – Thorpe Malsor – Kettering service (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday only) will also be withdrawn. The Saturday Centrebus W8 Wellingborough – Wollaston – Bozeat service is also being scrapped. All journeys from Bozeat on to Northampton between Mondays and Fridays will also be withdrawn.

Around 40 of us in Wellingborough brought the town to a standstill yesterday to protest about the loss of the 34 bus; several police officers turned out too.  We were on Look East that evening and on Northampton Radio throughout the day!  This was the second protest against the withdrawal of the 34 bus organised by a group of pensioners calling themselves Action 34.  The group haven’t finished protesting yet!

But much more needs to be done across the county, are there any other plans for action?  Please do let us know and we will help to publicise it with you.

Action 34 – Save Our Bus Services

A community group called Action 34 are trying to save their bus that runs between Wellingborough and Kettering via Little Harrowden, Orlingbury and Pytchley. As from Saturday the 21st July, the service is due to finish. The 34 bus currently serves the Kingsway, Henshaw and Barnwell roads in Wellingborough and without this bus, these areas will no longer have a service in the town.

Action 34 are organising a gathering of people to demonstrate that a lot of people rely on this bus service to get them to town and back. They are hoping that as many people as possible to meet up with them on Friday 20th July at 10am in Church Street, Wellingborough.

More than a dozen bus services will be withdrawn next month after Northamptonshire County Council ended their subsidies. Routes across the north of the county being axed from July 22 include those covering Kettering, Wellingborough and their surrounding villages. They include the Stagecoach 34 (Brambleside – Kettering – Pytchley – Little Harrowden – Wellingborough – Berrymoor) and 34A (Brambleside – Kettering town centre – Leisure centre) from Monday to Saturday.  The Centrebus 35 Great Cransley – Loddington – Thorpe Malsor – Kettering service (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday only) will also be withdrawn. The Saturday Centrebus W8 Wellingborough – Wollaston – Bozeat service is also being scrapped. All journeys from Bozeat on to Northampton between Mondays and Fridays will also be withdrawn.

This is part of huge cuts to services across Northamptonshire due to take place this weekend due to the end of Northamptonshire Country Council subsidies – see the county council website for details of all affected bus routes.  A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “Faced with an unprecedented increase in demand for council services, coupled with significant reductions in funding, tough decisions were needed in order to deliver a balanced budget. We have had no choice but to make the difficult decision to review funding of all non-statutory services. This includes removing all money paid to support subsidised bus services across Northamptonshire.”

Dorothy Webb, from Action 34, commented: “The group will be there from about ten in the morning as long as our bus is not late, it would be nice if people from elsewhere in the town, including those in the Queensway and Hemmingwell, came along to give us some support. At the moment their buses are not affected, it just means the rest of us will not be able to get a bus, and we do not think that is right.  Lets all stick together in this and help each other, because there will be people who are going to be stuck at home and cannot get out, because there will be no bus.”

Northamptonshire County Council has chosen not to honor it’s responsibilities to provide public transport for local people that need it.  This abandons some of the most vulnerable people in our community, the disabled, the elderly, the ones that don’t have cars.  The county council are doing it to save a few quid, and if you look at the budgets, it is only a few quid, but it is disproportionate to the effect it will have on local people.  No one in Wellingborough (or Northamptonshire) should be ‘stuck at home’ without transport.  Please do support Action 34 on Friday 20th July, 10am in Church Street, Wellingborough.  We hope to see you there.

Written by Jonathan Hornett on behalf of Northamptonshire Community Voices with quotes taken from an article in the Northants Telegraph.