Zoe Smith

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Cllr Zoe Smith would like to say a big thank you to the people of Abington who voted Labour in the recent election.

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

I am committed to working with all the residents in Abington 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 Abington.”

 

Check out Zoe's blog

 

 

 

Zoe’s Surgeries from September

 

3rd Saturday of the month

      Central Library 11-12pm

4th Saturday of the month

      Abington Parish Rooms,

      Park Avenue South 2-3 pm

Latest News From zoe

1 November 2016

 Mr Assistant Commissioner,

 My name is Zoe Smith and I live at 107 Derby Road, Abington, Northampton.  I have the privilege of being the Labour Borough Councillor for the Abington ward.

The Abington ward is adjacent to the very middle of the town centre in Northampton and the roads, the building styles, its people move seamlessly in and out of the Castle ward which makes up the town centre.  Abington has a well-developed sense of community with a number of active community groups operating. 

 There are faith groups which organise over the Castle, Abington, Semilong and St James boundaries which themselves have extensive family connections within them.

 The boundary with Castle ward is exceedingly porous as it runs up and down the many residential backstreets of the town.

 It has been quite confusing over a long period of time for local residents to work out who their elected representatives are. 

 The situation that has prevailed with the residents of the Castle ward and the residents of the Abington ward being served by two different Members of Parliament for some forty-two years.  I do believe that this arrangement has been and continues to be a problem for residents and elected representatives alike.  I am hoping that yourself Mr Assistant Commissioner will look closely at this to see if it can be remedied. 

 Having one Member of Parliament to respond to the diverse, individual yet very common needs of residents in Abington, Trinity, Semilong and Castle wards would certainly be a help.  Having the wards of Spencer and King’s Heath included would complete the picture and would create a proper Borough constituency with the whole of the urban core of the Borough residents being placed within it. 

 In an ideal world, the St James ward would be included in this arrangement, but given the restrictions that have been placed on the Boundary Commission this isn’t possible.  However the restriction and impracticality of moving the St James ward does not nullify the need for the other town centre wards being included with the Borough ward. 

 This is what has been missing from the town centre for over forty years. I know that you have a difficult task Mr Assistant Commissioner in deliberating on all this, but I am sure that you will place the needs of local residents first in any decision you make.

What I said to the Boundary Commission

1 November 2016  Mr Assistant Commissioner,  My name is Zoe Smith and I live at 107 Derby Road, Abington, Northampton.  I have the privilege of being the Labour Borough Councillor...

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My letter to the Chron. 28th March

 Dear Editor,

 I am writing to express my concern about the proposed closure of 17 children’s centres  across the County. This is bad news for women, bad news for families and bad news for children. The children’s centres have played an invaluable role supporting new parents, growing families and stressed communities. We have over 20,000 families living in poverty in the County. We have a growing number of workers on zero contract hours. We have a growing number of the working poor who have to resort to using food banks!  We have growing mental health issues in our communities.

 

Why can’t the county see that their proposals will just make things worse?  Early support and early help stops acute need later on. A pound spent in the early years saves £100s being spent later on.

It is a false economy and it will hurt our families. 

 

No-one can bring up children in isolation. Children’s Centres are local, accessible and focussed on what parents and children need. Children Centre staff are highly trained and offer support for networking, self -help, parenting skills and a host of other things. They are good at supporting children who need that extra help. They are excellent at spotting troubled parents who need additional services.

 It is not good enough to say libraries can fill the gaps. Most libraries only have one paid worker who has to run the library, support volunteers, issue bus passes and blue badges and a whole variety of other tasks. They are not early years workers and they cannot take the place of trained early years staff.

Yours

 

 

Childrens Centres

My letter to the Chron. 28th March  Dear Editor,  I am writing to express my concern about the proposed closure of 17 children’s centres  across the County. This is bad...

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