Report to SJRA

Borough report – Cllr Rufia Ashraf 26th May 2016

Dear committee,

Please forward my apology to all the residents and guests attending tonight’s meeting. I am sorry that I am unable to attend as I have a prior engagement elsewhere.
However, I value your input and am happy to take up any enquiries raised tonight from residents please ask them to contact me or 0777 241 4316 or via the SJRA.
My Report:
1, Works at Abbey House, Devonshire House and Melbourne House are underway. Workmen are now working on all the flats and one is near completion. I will be continuing my conversations with NPH about the car park, parking issues and security of tenants in the flats.
2, Works at Dovercourt is also nearly completed. The works include internal and external works, carpark and bin storage area. I look forward to tenants returning.
3, I have asked NPH to relocate the Euro Bins from Ambush Street to Byfield road to deter local residents from dumping rubbish. The bins are for tenants use, therefore I have requested they be enclosed for tenants access only.
4, We are facing a huge problem with litter and fly tipping in St James, we are tied into our current contract until 2018 and we know it doesn’t work. For a long time I have been thinking about what we can do locally. Therefore, I approached the council and sat around the table with officers, Portfolio holder for environment, SJRA, Warden, Park Ranger, FOVP, NPH and Ground Works to see if we can make part of St James Litter Free Zone. It will come with enforcement, council monitoring the zone including my own input daily. I am confident this will benefit local community and visitors to the area but most importantly we have to change people’s behaviour and habits, and I hope it will empower other areas to start thinking the same.
To promote cleaner environment the young ambassadors from St James Primary School are joining me launch ‘Don’t drop-it, bin it’ campaign tomorrow, we are meeting outside Iceland 1.30pm. Please come along and show your support.
5, In previous meetings I have said where I stand with the Waste to Energy Plant. Landfill is an issue for Northampton, far too much waste is going into landfill and we need to find alternatives. I agree with the residents, the location for the plant is in the wrong place and therefore the plant should be rejected. I therefore oppose the gasification plant. However, we must remembers its not just an issue for St James as it will affects the whole borough and I will continue to keep the pressure up at the Borough.
If there are any concerns raised tonight kindly forward them to me. As every I will endeavour to keep SJRA updated on progress.
Cllr. R Ashraf
26th May 2016

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