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Cllr Julie Davenport, speaks for the Labour Group, on disability issues. She regular attends the Disability Forum at the Guildhall.

 

Cllr Davenport says,

 

“My experience, on a daily basis, is concerning the access issues for people with disabilities.

For example, Borough Council and Northamptonshire Partnership Homes pathways are in a very bad state, mainly due to the tree roots pushing pavements up and making the pavement difficult and a few impossible to manoeuvre along with walking aids, scooters, wheelchairs or even walking.

 

The Borough Council have allocated £100,000 extra funding per year for trees but when I mentioned at the last Council meeting that I believe that more than the 10% of that budget should go on dealing with these urgent cases the Cabinet Member refused and thought that 10% (£10,000) was enough!

 

I also raised this issue at the last Disability Forum again and someone said, ‘But it’s the law, they have to ensure access for people with disabilities, just tell them that!’ Obviously I have told them that but it hits deaf ears.

The other issue with trees is that they hang over sheltered housing bungalows, all the branches, deadwood, twigs fall into their gardens and the vulnerable residents cannot use their gardens because of these obstacles. No, £45 a week they get for PIP or whatever will not pay for someone to constantly pick up the tree debris, plus pay for carers and so on.

 

In addition, there are problems with all the leafs, especially in sheltered housing developments. The residents can slip on them in wet weather. I’m told things will be better in June once the environmental services contract starts - why are we waiting for this wondrous day in June for them to do so many things? Perhaps it is because of the summer and problems don’t look as bad.

 

Alleyways are also a problem. Residents, with scooters, in terraced houses with back access are condemned to be housebound because they cannot get through the alleyways with their scooters due to rubbish that is never cleared.

It’s all well and good for the Council to talk about the issues, people want action. There are quite a few issues that those with disabilities come up against and I know plenty who will speak on all of them.”

Disability

Cllr Julie Davenport, speaks for the Labour Group, on disability issues. She regular attends the Disability Forum at the Guildhall.   Cllr Davenport says,   “My experience, on a daily...

 

Cllr Russell (Lab) for Kingsley Ward, is calling a public meeting on 7 December 2017 at 2:30pm at the Pioneer Public House, Hazeldene Road, to discuss the withdrawal of a bus route which runs through Links View area of her ward in Kingsley. This meeting is in response to residents who have expressed their anxiety and anger at the withdrawal of route no 11 which serves the Links View in Kingsley.

 

Route 11, currently a Country Lion service, has been withdrawn from 22 December 2017 with little notice or consultation with residents who live around Fairway, Hazeldene Road, Fulford Drive, Hollingside Drive, Hoylake Drive, Rennishaw Way and Greenview Drive as well as residents who live in the vicinity of Bradlaugh Fields.  This means hundreds of residents some of whom are pensioners and other vulnerable people will not have access to public transport after 22 December 2017!

 

Cllr Cathrine Russell says "This outrageous situation is completely unacceptable! This is why I am called a public meeting and asking residents to come along to find out what we can do to ensure we get the public transport we need in this area. The only way Links View residents will have access to public transport is to walk through Bradlaugh Fields to either St Davids  or Kettering Road in the dark and through winter conditions.  Alternatively to they could walk the one and a half miles to Kenmuir Road, over a rather steep hill! I have invited the County Council, several bus companies and other interest parties to attend this meeting and hopefully we will be able to find a way forward. 

 

I would like to thank the residents who contacted me about this important issue and assure all residents of Kingsley that I will do everything I possibly can to have a bus service reinstated in my ward of Kingsley."

 

Withdrawal of Bus Route

  Cllr Russell (Lab) for Kingsley Ward, is calling a public meeting on 7 December 2017 at 2:30pm at the Pioneer Public House, Hazeldene Road, to discuss the withdrawal of...

Cllr Julie Davenport, who represents the community on both the Borough Council and County Council, is due to attend the Borough Council Cabinet meeting tonight with residents to argue against selling the green space at Lancaster Way.

 

Cllr Davenport says,

 

“Residents are not opposed to new development,  just the sale of their green space.  The whole story of this particular development proposal is a sorry tale. With the questions of who actually owns the development land and the arrogant way the nine acres of trees and shrubs were cut down.

 

This green space is a vital community resource particularly for young families. I regularly see games of football being played on there.  The residents know that the green space does not need to be sold, a T Junction could be installed instead and the green space kept for the children. This would mean that the development would need to go back to planning to make the necessary changes.

 

However, I have done my own research and I have been well informed that if this development went back to the Planning Committee the Highways Authority would object to it due to the impact it would have on an already highly congested Towcester Road.

 

There is another possible entrance to the development that the developers could use but, again, it will need to go back to Planning Committee to approve such a change. Having just the one access road will add to the very long queues on the roads in that area. Any recent traffic surveys and test results have not been shared with anyone. There has been no consultation with Councillors or residents before this Cabinet meeting.

 

The whole thing is just frustrating and the odds are always stacked in the developers favour.  We keep being told that the Council must approve housing schemes because otherwise ‘the developers will appeal against the decision costing NBC time and money’. However, that didn’t stop the Barn Owl/ Mary Markham fiasco or the Tory controlled Planning Committee rejecting the Hardingstone SUE.  We are told we can’t waste tax payers money on planning appeals but it is the tax payers themselves who tell me they actually want us to appeal.

 

There are examples of where the developer has no intention of building, just getting planning permission, selling it on to another developer and the new buyer can do what others have done, go back to planning stating that they didn’t make the agreement on building 35% affordable housing and an ‘independent’ firm will say it’s no longer viable. Planning will then allow the revision to s106 and allow them to build with NO affordable housing.

 

At the Cabinet meeting I will be there with my residents arguing the case against the selling of this green space - or ‘disposal’ as they choose to call it.”

Lancaster Way

Cllr Julie Davenport, who represents the community on both the Borough Council and County Council, is due to attend the Borough Council Cabinet meeting tonight with residents to argue against...

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