Janice's Blog

Bullying and sexual harassment are both abhorrent. We can all agree to that.

We need to understand however that the two things need to be separated as resolution is controlled in different ways . 

Bullying happens over time and is victimisation by way of differences, which could be anything from where a person lives to the size of their feet.   

Sexual Harassment is defined as unwanted sexualised behaviour that offends, humiliates or intimidates a person and targets a victim on the basis of a characteristic such as gender, race or ethnicity. 

Bullying and sexual harassment need to be separated because they have access to different remedies.

Workplace bullying is a health and safety issue but is not a legal term.  Health and Safety Rules demand that employers have a duty to provide a safe work place for employees to work in even if a victim does not complain.  Bullying is not a legal term but Health & Safety Rules places responsibility on employers to stop the bullying happening again.

However, Sexual harassment  is a legal term and it is against the law.  Sexual harassment is discrimination against an individual - particularly towards girls and women and the LGBT community.  Sexual harassment complaints are remedied by law because it is controlled by the Equality Act 2010.  The Equality Act 2010 tries to resolve the complainant’s issue by taking their viewpoint and trying to keep them in their job.

Bullying and sexual harassment therefore need to have appropriate and separate complaint procedures as they stem from different issues.  To recognise this is to protect victims and make them confident in coming forward when problems occur, knowing that they will be listened to and also for the smooth operation of the day to day running of the council. Northampton Borough council needs a policy on sexual harassment because sexual harassment  will be affecting their Councillors and their staff. Only with a specific policy will victims dare to come forward.

 

We need a sexual violence policy

Bullying and sexual harassment are both abhorrent. We can all agree to that. We need to understand however that the two things need to be separated as resolution is controlled...

Opposition Business Speech

Thank You Mayor,

The Eastern District is part of the new town planned for the London overspill. It was first designated in 1968 and built in the 1970s.  It is not a traditional part of historic Northampton.  It is the home to many communities such as Southfields, Goldings, Lings, Thorplands. It shares some of the features of Milton Keynes in that the housing stock is of an age where it is in need of heavy investment and renewal. Features of the design, once thought progressive and exciting are proving to be a problem.  The specific need of these communities is falling far short of what is acceptable.  The aesthetic planning design of the 60s\70s has led to crime and anti-social behaviour being planned in, not planned out.

The neighbourhood plan is a shining light of hope when compared to the council’s neglect.  

The Eastern District council tax levy is one of the highest collected in Northampton.  It is  one of the most disadvantaged areas and has the least spent on it by the council.

The open walkways are an issue.  There are no CCTVs in residential areas.  Only for commercial properties.  Lack of detection leads to rat runs for vandals, dumped litter, arson attacks, graffiti artists, broken windows, lifts and sides of houses being used as toilets. 

Lack of council investment in community centres has undermined the voluntary effort of local people committed to making the Eastern District a good place to live.    Residents deserve better than overcrowded schools, poor bus services, parks over-run by unlicensed motorbikes, vandalism and a lack of services.  Recycling centre hours are now restricted.  For people without transport there is little help offered by the council except to charge a large fee for removing bulky waste. 

The lack of free school meals in the holidays is a serious issue for some children.  Doctors'  registers are too long and appointments are hard to get.

Robina of Brookside complains of unpruned trees and shrubs reported many times to the council where vandals hide and use airguns to shoot at cars and passers by.  The police have been involved but the Council is not.

Brenda of Southfields complains of a blocked drain which has not been cleared for the last two years – the same in Wade Meadow Brookside –she is a victim of being passed from pillar to post between NBC, NCC, and Anglia Water. The issue has been  left unresolved.

It feels to the residents that nobody cares – these people are paying Council tax and deserve a better service

Roy of Streambank complains about lack of parking spaces and the emergency services being unable to attend their destinations because they cannot get through. 

Andy and other local people of Southfields, Billing Lane have endured speeding vehicles crashing into back fences, noise and mud from heavy lorry traffic from new building sites using the lane and still the speed limit has not been reduced 

Crestwood road suffered similarly until at long last a traffic island was installed slowing speeding cars.

There is a consequence of having no second permanent traveller site in Northampton. A main problem is rubbish left by that community.

Footpaths are littered after grass cutting because they are not cleared. An additional hazard is the way is strewn with shards of  jagged cans because cans are not cleared before the grass . They get cut up and left lying around.

Alan of Booth Meadow complains of the eye sore of derelict garages.

Do I need to go on!! The Eastern Districts are paying highly for a very poor service.  They feel neglected and unfairly treated by both councils and rightly so. 

We need a wholesale regeneration scheme for the area. This will of course include implementing the Neighbourhood plan. There are structural issues that need our attention and investment. When that happens we will see a flourishing of community, community cohesion and well –being.

We need a regeneration scheme for the Eastern District

Opposition Business Speech Thank You Mayor, The Eastern District is part of the new town planned for the London overspill. It was first designated in 1968 and built in the...

I wasn't given the opportunity to speak at the budget meeting of the full council. This is what I would have said-

I am very passionate about Talavera and the Eastern District. I am pleased to see proposals in the alternative budget that will support that area of the town.We have lots of issues that need to be addressed. Some of those issues are being addressed by local organisations and voluntary groups but they need help. The Growing Together Neighbourhood plan, which I am pleased to say, has just been accepted in a local referendum, will help. But some of the issues are structural so I am pleased to support the idea of £100,000 being used to improve the public realm in Talavera. I also like the idea of us bringing in new money, through Social Investment Bonds, to create a one stop shop for the Eastern District.

Disadvantaged families in the Eastern District find it hard to get into town because bus fares are so expensive. A day ticket for an adult costs £4.30 and for a child £3.30.

Please support the alternative budget.

The Eastern District

I wasn't given the opportunity to speak at the budget meeting of the full council. This is what I would have said- I am very passionate about Talavera and the...

Hello,

 

The state of litter in the eastern district during this summer is appalling and the ruling Tory Council should be ashamed for allowing this level of pollution to exist in my ward. Do these areas get regularly visited by mechanical sweepers? The sweepers' visits to more middle class areas could be reduced so they could increase cleaning visits to those areas that badly need them It is not good enough while litter piles up to wait until schools re-open to commence cleaning - what sort of cynical lesson in citizenship is this teaching the next generation that where you live labels you all as litter louts

Talavera Update 2

Hello,   The state of litter in the eastern district during this summer is appalling and the ruling Tory Council should be ashamed for allowing this level of pollution to...

Update on my ward.

 

Hello, a much needed and very welcome new playground has been installed in Goldings in my ward.

 

However there is no pedestrian crossing across Goldings which is a fast road and people are expected to use an underpass to reach it but it is frequented by drug users and attracts groups of anti social youth so people and especially children are running across Goldings and someone is going to get run over. I've emailed the police to find out if the underpass is part of one of their regular patrols and also does it have CCTV surveillance?

 

Not only that but also the underpass is blighted with litter which prevents disabled people using it - I've been emailed as well by a resident who is blind and cannot use the underpass because of these issues and if she wanted to use the underpass to reach the shops she would have to take a ten minute diversion to do so.

 

The pedestrian crossing therefore must also be sited correctly so that the small parade of shops can be accessed I don't know if this is county or borough (currently investigating). If county I wouldn't be informed of any proposal for a crossing or where it would be sited so my hands are tied in that respect unfortunately.

Talavera Update 1

Update on my ward.   Hello, a much needed and very welcome new playground has been installed in Goldings in my ward.   However there is no pedestrian crossing across...

Three lots of litter picking in one day - phew! It is usually a lot more.  It was a hot time at Thorplands, Goldings and Streambank. A big thank you for all helpers and children who joined in the Litter Pick and great to meet the well wishers, who I spoke too as they walked past.

I'm intending to make litter picking a regular happening in Talavera ward on the Saturday after 23rd of the month. Having regular litter picks can really help tidying up the area.  

Blackthorn BGN had their family day but looking forward to including you in next time.

Litter Picks In Talavera Ward

Three lots of litter picking in one day - phew! It is usually a lot more.  It was a hot time at Thorplands, Goldings and Streambank. A big thank you... Read more

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Amey won't empty cross contaminated Eurobins - ie. Plastic in the bin for paper etc. without charging fees. It's a nationwide problem BUT Why the problem - what is the solution - it's down to us to bin responsibly or foot the bill.

 

Euro bins

Amey won't empty cross contaminated Eurobins - ie. Plastic in the bin for paper etc. without charging fees. It's a nationwide problem BUT Why the problem - what is the...

Empty garages are causing problems.  They present a danger. Vandalism is costing the council money . We need to bring them back into use.  Maybe making them cheaper to rent or even making them free to tenants as long as they are seen to be used would prevent this sort of damage.

As a last resort they should be demolished before they become dangerous - how long will that fencing last- see pic??  How long will it be before some child falls off the roof while playing- or pestering somebody in their back garden??

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Empty Garages

Empty garages are causing problems.  They present a danger. Vandalism is costing the council money . We need to bring them back into use.  Maybe making them cheaper to rent...

Monday 7 March at the House of Commons with the Women's Forum.

Our  tour of Parliament was terrific. We had a discussion about equality with David Mackintosh and another MP for Bury St Edmunds. I did not accept it quietly when David Mackintosh said women only short lists produce weak candidates. I protested loudly how wrong this was. We live in an unequal society. We need regulations just like we had with drink driving, driving seat belts and even fox hunting (that DM voted against). Enforcement of law is needed as self- regulation isn’t sufficient. Both MPs said women in power should promote women candidates and I agreed but said Maggie T obviously didn't! MP for Bury said she was could work fewer hours when requested because she had children and I said maybe people liberation is the way as men too love their children and request more family time. They said that boys and girls are brought up equal in society now and I reminded them of the sexualisation of girls clothes, zero size models, and people were so pushed with zero hour contracts and keeping a roof over their heads that this often was not given priority. I said also traditional roles for men and women, black and white, were easier perhaps to follow because of school achievement targets e.g caring or athletics rather than breaching traditional barriers.

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At the Houses of Commons

Monday 7 March at the House of Commons with the Women's Forum. Our  tour of Parliament was terrific. We had a discussion about equality with David Mackintosh and another MP...

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"I am concerned about the level of fly tipping in our communities and I'm pushing hard for the Borough Council to do something about it. Fly tipping hotspots need Eurobins or CCTV surveillance. We need to catch demon flytippers who regularly dump rubbish that nobody reports because fear of reprisals. Often no ID is discovered amongst the contents of the rubbish."

 

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Janice says

"I am concerned about the level of fly tipping in our communities and I'm pushing hard for the Borough Council to do something about it. Fly tipping hotspots need Eurobins...

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