Jane Birch

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Cllr Jane Birch would like to say a big thank you to the people of Trinity who voted Labour in the recent election.

Jane says, “I am delighted to have been elected by people in Trinity to represent them on the council.

I am committed to working with all the residents in Trinity for the regeneration of the town and to make life better for the people of Northampton.

During the campaign you told us your priorities –

 

  • To tackle the housing crisis
  • To make our streets safer and cleaner
  • To curb street drinking
  • To bring trade back to the town centre
  • To make access to schools safe at the beginning and the end of the day
  • To get pot holes filled in
  • To get a better deal for bus passengers

 

We will be campaigning on all these issues to get the best deal for people in Trinity.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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Latest News From jane

Unitary- Two Years On.

Let's turn the clock forward two years and imagine that Northampton is in a Unitary Authority with Daventry and South Northants. This is a situation forced on the majority of the population of Northampton residents, against their will.

Northampton residents will form the larger part of the population of this new Unitary.

 60% of the residents in the new Unitary will live in Northampton.

The current spend per head of population in Daventry and South Northants is £310 per head of population. In Northampton it is £446. If the rate of spend in Northampton was reduced to fall in line with Daventry and South Northants the service offered to our residents would be reduced.

Northampton has the greatest income generation and the greatest income spend. Would repair to the potholes in Northampton be prioritised over the Towcester by-pass?

How does the councillor in rural Brackley relate to the homelessness and housing needs in some of our deprived communities?

Where does the democracy lie? Is it with the mainly rural South Northants and Daventry or are the people of Northampton represented fairly? Is Northampton  outvoted at every move? Daventry and South Northants have no experience of working on the scale of Northampton.

How similar are the needs and demands of the residents of Daventry and South Northants to those of the residents of Northampton. What do we have in common?

Locally accountable leadership is the only way to ensure that the services are delivered to our residents and communities in the most appropriate way and give the best value.

The Deloitte Report states that a separate Unitary Northampton is the best model to secure the quality of life for local people.

The proposal of an East and West Unitary authority is a stitch up by the failed Tory County Council and the Government.

Where does the loyalty of the Town MPs sit?

 Not to the people of Northampton if the Two Unitary model goes through.

We want economic self-containment, locally, responsive and accountable leadership.

If we do not fight for this Northampton Town will not forgive nor forget.

Unitary -Two years On

Unitary- Two Years On. Let's turn the clock forward two years and imagine that Northampton is in a Unitary Authority with Daventry and South Northants. This is a situation forced...

Community Safety-  Council 24.4.18

There is increasing concern about the levels of crime in the town. The number of PCSOs and police officer has been cut drastically leaving us with 50 Neighbourhood officers for the whole town; 28 PCSOs, 15 Police Constables and 7 Sergeants. With shift work, holidays and sickness we don't see many on our streets. Crime and the fear of crime are a big.  The police and other services are reduced due to funding cuts at both County and Borough levels.

As the support for our communities diminishes our most vulnerable families are suffering. The loss of Sure Start and children's centres, reduction in mental health provision, the imminent closure of our libraries, the patchy funding for youth groups, the low wage economy and the 15,000 children living in poverty, in our town, provide the environment for the gangs to move in form Birmingham and London to exploit our fragile communities.

The police direct their resources based on the Vulnerable Localities Matrix which ranks areas in the county from 1-490. 20 areas within Northampton are in the top 44 labelled Very High. The top three, the only ones in the Extremely High category , are in our town. The matrix is based on several factors - deprivation, poverty, social housing, drugs, gangs, sex workers, violent crime, domestic violence, rapes - these will direct resources to emerging threats.

There is alarming evidence of children as young as 7 years old being drawn into criminal activity. The drug dealers pay them to deliver drugs and they can be seen doing just this on their bikes in full view,  in our parks and residential streets. With both parents possibly juggling two jobs and no spare money for the children, peer pressure to have the latest phone and fashionable trainers pushes these young people into the hands of the criminal gangs.

The Early Intervention Hub, run by the police, has been piloting a project in Northampton North East since September 2017. Nine PCSOs and officers are working with 46 schools in the area. They work with children as young as five who have been identified by school staff.  There is an acknowledgement by the PCC that the timely help for children and their families who need it will prevent long term, traumatic and costly changes to themselves, their communities and society.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) refers to the sources of stress that children may suffer in early life. These include abuse, neglect, violence between parents, alcohol and substance misuse, and peer and community violence.

 Considerable and prolonged stress in childhood has lifelong consequences. It can increase the likelihood of involvement in violence and a range of other problems. Early intervention programmes, such as parenting support can enable parents to provide safe nurturing environments for their children.

 Promoting social and emotional learning in Primary schools is critical for supporting children who are at risk of gang involvement, youth violence and other poor outcomes. These social and emotional skills are vitally important for children's life chances. These skills include the ability to understand and manage emotions and regulate behaviour - skills which help children to develop resilience and avoid risky situations.

This council will therefore take the following actions :

  • We need to know and understand from the PCC and a new chief constable the full picture of crime in the town.
  • We will  support the continued funding of the Early Intervention Hub and its expansion to other areas of the town.
  • We will ask our Community Safety team to work with partners to assess the risk and produce an updated  community safety strategy to include the risk of gang violence and crime to our young children.
  • In the recently published Serious Violence Strategy Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, states 'I am also clear that Police and Crime Commissioners have a pivotal role to play and I want to see them prioritise and work in partnership to tackle the serious violence that damages communities'.
  • We will  urge the PCC and the Community Safety Partnership to bid for funding  from the Home Office's £11 million Early Intervention Youth Fund for youth and community groups who support early intervention and prevention activity in children and young people.

This was my speech to our Labour motion. The motion was amended by the Tory administration and turned into a self congratulatory motion about what is happening - not what should done.

We are worried about escalating crime

Community Safety-  Council 24.4.18 There is increasing concern about the levels of crime in the town. The number of PCSOs and police officer has been cut drastically leaving us with...

Queens Park Neighbourhood Plan  - Cabinet April 2018

As the Ward Councillor for Trinity and the County Councillor for Kingsthorpe South I fully support this application for Queens Park Neighbourhood Forum and Queens Park Neighbourhood Area.

Firstly I would like to thank the Planning Officers who have offered support and advice to the residents in reaching this milestone.

This application has grown from the residents of the  Queens Park area who want to work together to produce a planning framework that reflects the views, aspirations, wants and needs of local people.

The proliferation of HMOs over the past years and the recent large scale developments have prompted the residents to wish to find a way to have more say over the future of their neighbourhood.

Thornton Park is the only substantial green space available locally to the residents of the area. After long discussion, consultation with Friends of Thornton Park and at the request of Thornton Park allotment committee, it was decided to include Thornton Park within the boundary.

It is probably more helpful to the understanding of the purpose and process of Neighbourhood Planning to describe the Neighbourhood Area, that enclosed by the boundary, as the Area of Benefit.

During the formation of the plan all who live or work in the area, are active in an organisation within the area, are an elected representative, use and enjoy the amenities or live nearby are part of the consultation.

ALL are included, and local residents help to make sure that a neighbourhood plan is based on proper understanding of the area and reflect the vision of the community.

The analysis of the responses from the consultation process show time and time again that the objections indicate

  • misinformation and a lack of understanding about the process,
  • lack of understanding of the advantages of a Neighbourhood Plan
  • and the opportunities this can bring to the Area of Benefit.

A Neighbourhood Plan is founded on a robust programme of community engagement and a strong proportionate evidence base. Why would anyone argue against empowering our communities to engage, and make a positive contribution to the safety and security of the neighbourhood, protect our environment, ensure homes for families, aim to reduce pollution and invest in strategic leisure and recreational facilities for the area and Northampton as a whole?

Can I stress that nobody is excluded from community engagement and indeed engaging with the wider community right from the beginning of the plan-making process will ensure a genuine representation of the range of wants and needs in the local area.

The preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan allows the community to actively participate in local democracy.

Let's look at the tangible benefits.

  • The Forum becomes a consultee for planning applications in the area.
  • The council will engage with the community to agree how the 25% of CIL receipts from developments within the Queens Park Neighbourhood Area should be spent.
  • The existence of a Neighbourhood Plan will open avenues to further funding streams,
  • and engagement in the process is likely to have a positive impact, giving residents power to shape their own communities.

I urge you to support the designation of this Neighbourhood Area.

Queens Park Neighbourhood Plan

Queens Park Neighbourhood Plan  - Cabinet April 2018 As the Ward Councillor for Trinity and the County Councillor for Kingsthorpe South I fully support this application for Queens Park Neighbourhood...

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