Janice Duffy

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Cllr Janice Duffy would like to say a big thank you to all of the people of Talavera who voted Labour in the recent election.

Janice says, “I am delighted to have been elected by the people of Talavera to represent them on the council.

I am committed to working for all the people of Talavera to make life better and to regenerate our town 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 Talavera.”

 

 

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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...

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