Annual Report

Dear Residents, friends and supporters

It has certainly been a very busy year for Labour in Northampton.  You will see from my report that I attend many internal and external meetings to represent the views and concerns of the constituents of St James.  My attendance at council meeting is 100%.  I have continued to organise monthly walkabout and litter picks in St James.  I have also been working in partnership with local stakeholders in St James, other Cllrs, PCSO, Housing Officer, Environmental Warden, Park Ranger, St James Primary School and the wider business community including residents.

 I am currently campaigning for new play equipment for Victoria Park with Friends of Victoria Park and Im happy to report that NBC are going to install new play equipment commencing Tuesday 25th May.  This will be a combination of equipment for children aged 2-12yrs.  They also listened and will include sensory equipment as well which I am much pleased about.  I have continued to work hard on litter and fly tipping in the area.  Part of St James is a litter free zone area, and I am pleased people are slowly getting used to the idea.  But we can do more.

The weekly coffee which I fund with empowerment fund has been a hit with the locals.  I wanted local people to have a focal point in the area, and St James Library was perfect.  It has supported local residents to meet others and overcome isolation.  We even managed to get two library volunteers as a result.

In a few months’ time, I will be launching the Don’t drop-it, Bin it campaign with the support of Young Ambassadors of St James Primary School.  If we don’t take pride where we live who will, so I hope you will get involved and support us to keep our streets clean and tidy.

I am also pleased to inform you that St James Primary School has officially become part of the Junior Warden Scheme in March 2017.  I am really proud of them for participating in a 6-week long training. This was funded by NPH and from my Cllr Empowerment Fund and delivered by our local Wardens.

Match day parking.  You will know back in December 2015 I took a motion to council and unanimously won support for and requested match day solutions for St James.  Cabinet report in March was not helpful and they have decided to form a working group to look at finding solutions.  I will keep fighting for you and update you in due course.

I am also supporting our local County Councillors with the Smart Corridor fiasco.  We are currently at phase 3 of works and I still can’t see what NCC are trying to achieve in the area.  Instead we are dealing with traffic jams and disruptions to the area.  

I am currently dealing with Scottish street break-in’s, speeding cars and the junction of Glasgow Street to Weedon Road.  Highways have inspected the street and are going help reduce unlawful parking at the junction to start with.     I will contact resident in coming weeks to obtain their views how they would like to see the area remain safe and welcoming to everyone.

I am also in negotiations with residents about alley gating scheme in St James.  It has become a huge problem with fly tipping and -social behaviour.  So to move things along I am proposing to residents to think about gating to prevent the above.  It will take time, costs will be involved but am determined to find a long term solution for residents.

 Local PCSO is campaigning for Bike awareness.  I am supporting the PCSO to get the message out about safety for pedestrians and cyclists on footpaths.  


Vulnerable Adult


Face to face contact

  Vulnerable Children






Housing issues






Challenging HIMO applications


                 Excluding 1

Dog Fouling



Anti -Social Behaviour









Fly tipping






Blue badge



Noise complaint



Domestic Abuse

Domestic slavery





Northampton Labour Party

Northampton Labour CLP

July 2015-Otober 2016 (Chair)

Group meeting


Cabinet Meeting


Executive Meeting


Monthly Advice Surgery

Every 3rd Saturday of month



Public Meeting July 2015  

14th July 2015

Community Litter Pick

October 2015

Abbey/Devonshire/Melbourne House improvements

January 2016-present

Litter Free Zone

20th June 2016

Don’t drop-it, Bin it

July 2016

Public Meeting – Alleyway  Gating Scheme

28th November 2016

Victoria Park Play equipment

November - present

Labour campaigns

On going

Litter pick and Walkabout

Monthly since January 2016 - present



Shadow Portfolio for Housing


Full Council Meeting

Compulsory Meetings


NPH Board Member


NPH Audit & Risk


NPH Finance

Council Meetings


Scrutiny 1


Scrutiny 2  Child Sexual Exploitation CSE


Scrutiny 3  Homelessness


Scrutiny 4 Emissions Strategy


Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP

Community Meetings


Friends of St James Library (FOSJL)


Friends of Victoria Park (FOVP)




Victoria Parks management

External Body Meetings


NCC Adult Health & Well-being Scrutiny


Northampton Rails Users Group

Additional NBC Meetings


NBC Disabled Peoples Forum


NBC Northampton Women’s Forum


NBC Diverse Communities Forum

I am happy to discuss the contents from each of the above meetings upon request.


Borough Councillor Empowerment Fund

Cllr. has £3000 to spend in the ward. Below is my spend to date May 2016-April2017



How Much

Spence, St James & Dallington Youth Group

To re-establish youth group


St James Library

Coffee morning room hire


St James Primary School

Campaigning materials for Don’t Drop-it, Bin it and Litter Free Zone


POP Women’s Group

Support running of group


Doddridge Centre

Boiler costs



Ways to get in touch:

T:     0777 241 4316


Tw:  @rufiaashraf                                                 

F:      www.facebook/rufiaashraf                                 




       St James

Coffee Morning








       Every Wednesday 9.30-11.30am

                   St James Library

138 St James' Rd

                            Northampton  NN5 5LQ                                         


Refreshment contribution 50p

For more information please contact:  07708298135


Funded by Councillors Empowerment Fund

Councillor Advice Surgery


Do you have concerns or worries were you live?


Then maybe I can assist please

come and see me at my monthly Advice Surgeries which take place at:  St James Library every

3rd Saturday of the month: 

From 10.30-12pm.


January    February    March      May    June

July                   September          October




For more information please contact me on:

0777 241 4316 or


                                                                    St James Ward

        Cleaner, Greener & Safer St James

Community Campaign Dates since 2016-2017

Walkabout and Litter Picks

                 January - March          2016

                  April –July                   2016

                  September– November 2016

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