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Engagement results in alternative parking proposal

Posted: Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:22 by Parish Administrator

Engagement results in alternative parking proposal

Northampton Borough Council is set to consult over new parking proposals after it considered comments from businesses and the wider community.

Changes to parking charges were set to be introduced this week but following recent discussions with the Town Centre BID and listening to the feedback it has received a new scheme is being put forward.

The Council owns and manages 16 surface and four multi-storey car parks requiring extensive maintenance and improvement, which formed part of the rationale for the changes. More »

Estimates for the major works required on our car parks for 2019/20 include:

  • £30,000 for replacement of old pay machines, ensuring card payments are possible across all the council's car park, making the process quicker and easier
  • £250,000 for major surface concrete repairs to Mayorhold multi-storey improving the experience for users
  • £400k for replacement of 10 lifts within St Johns, St Michaels and Mayorhold multi-storeys, reducing incidences of breakdown and improving quality
  • £90k for resurfacing works to the Grosvenor multi-storey exit ramp improving the experience of users

Further improvement work is also planned at the Mayorhold car park, plus surface repairs to the Commercial Street and Horsemarket car parks, upgrade of car park management software, and improvements to contactless payments, all of which are being costed.

The Council recently met with Northampton Town Centre BID, the Grosvenor Centre, members of the clergy, independent businesses, community groups and others to discuss the original proposals.

Comments were also received from members of the public – both directly and via the Chronicle & Echo newspaper – and the new parking proposal reflects many of the views expressed by the public.

As a result, a new proposal was devised. Attached is a comparison of the current charging scheme against the initial and new proposals:

The proposal retains the higher day-rate charge for drivers who wish to park all day within the inner ring road, to encourage them to keep those spaces clear for shoppers. To help with this, car parks outside the inner ring road, such as St Michaels, would be charged at the reduced day-rate of £6.

If charges were removed entirely, the Council would have to find more than £3.38 million additional income (based on figures for 2017-18). This includes business rates, depreciation, maintenance and improvement and support costs.

Council Leader, Cllr Jonathan Nunn, said: "Some of those who contacted us wanted no changes to parking charges, or their removal.

"If we didn't charge for parking, this would mean either a significant reduction in the services and support we provide, or a huge hike in council tax, neither of which are acceptable – or even possible – in our opinion."

The Council now wishes to seek the views and thoughts of businesses, residents, community groups and others on the new scheme devised as a result of the feedback, discussions and commentary so far.

Cllr Tim Hadland, Council Cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said: "From our engagement to date it's been clear that businesses and members of the public wanted us to explore alternative options.

"While increases are never ideal, we have to consider how the maintenance and improvement costs of more than £770,000 we have coming this year will be met.

"These new proposals are a significant shift away from what we had originally agreed and take into account the comments we have received."

The consultation will run from today (Wednesday 17 April) until Friday 3 May and responses can be provided through www.northampton.gov.uk/parkingconsultation2019 » Less

Recycled bedding plants available for community projects

Posted: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:51 by Parish Administrator

Recycled bedding plants available for community projects

Local community groups are being offered the chance to boost their displays with recycled bedding plants from across Northampton borough.

Winter bedding plants are due to be replaced with summer blooms, across Northampton Borough Council owned parks and communal areas later this month.

Rather than throwing away the winter plants, any community groups that need extra plants for their projects can snap up a free supply. Groups that are welcome to apply for the recycled plants include park friends groups, resident associations and care homes. More »

Recycled plants on offer include polyanthus and bellis, and will be given to groups on a first come first served basis.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: "We will shortly be updating the Borough Council's flower displays with summer plants, ready for the Bloom competition later this year. We don't want our winter bedding plants to go to waste however, and so we're keen to get our local community groups replanting them in their displays, giving their local area a green and floral boost."

Nicola Clarke, idverde's Community Engagement Officer, said "idverde are delighted to be able to assist dedicated volunteers improve their parks and open spaces for the benefit of local communities."

Any groups wanting to make use of the recycled plants can contact Nicola Clarke on 07790 018 869 or at nicola.clarke@idverde.co.uk » Less

Security Bike Marking

Posted: Wed, 17 Apr 2019 09:54 by Parish Administrator

Security Bike Marking

PCSO Scott Potter will be joined by Community Safety Partnership on Midsummer Meadow near to the Skate Park, Northampton.
We will be offering Crime Prevention Advice as well as free Security Bike Marking.
Feel free to pop by and say hello and have a chat or come and get your bike marked. This will make it easier to return a bike to it's owner in the event if it's stolen and recovered.

Hope to see you there More »

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