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Basic needs

Roads Hospital Elderly care Children’s services Libraries Sure start Homeless Disability services Mental health services. I think you need a bigger budget.

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Eat, Shop, Social Hub

Similar to Brindley Place in Birmingham (granted on a much smaller scale) would be amazing to have outdoor eatery’s for summer. Tree lined squares, international cuisine and a canal side location. The waterside campus could potentially be a great place for this to help bring some life back into Northampton.

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skate park

I believe there needs to be more for kids that doesnt cost. I use to live in Kettering and they have a lovely big skate park that was always busy of all ages. I know of one in Northampton but it’s small and hasn’t much going for it and not easy to get to and […]

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Revive The Market Square

Rent the market stalls for simbolic money, in order to attract more market traders, who will come and bring different products, as we in Northampton, almost have no a decent shop to go to. Free parking on Saturdays, to atract more people to come to the town centre. Wi-fi spot on the Market Square(strong)! Some […]

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County Town Heritage

Historic County Town, cafe and unique shopping culture, free parking, artistic street activities during the summer. Bring the theatre onto the streets. Live (decent) music that everyone can enjoy as part of the experience, not ‘events’. Piazza style market square with artisans. Well policed and clean. We had a German Christmas market a few years […]

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Start again

Northampton is no longer a ‘go to destination’. There are too many empty shops because small businesses can’t afford the business rates/taxes and now being replaced by ‘student accommodation’. There’s no incentive to visit as parking costs are soaring and there are homeless people EVERYWHERE. The council spends our money irresponsibly (lets not mention the […]

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Social Innovation Town

Setup a hub for those who are interested in creating sustainable social enterprises within the town in the old Marks and Spencers. Northampton is missing the community and family feel in the town centre. There are plenty of students and young people here with lots of ideas on how they can help the community so […]

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Showcase heritage and encourage tourism

I propose the money is spent on showcasing Northampton’s culture and heritage to attract people to come to the town. Looking to nearby towns and cities like Stratford, Warwick, Leicester and oxford – move away from mainstream shops and parks to places people want to visit for culture, leisure and novelty. Northampton has a lot […]

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Cycle friendly town

Prioritise low carbon transportation, particularly cycling, to get around town. Engage with people who actually cycle to design proper cycle ways that protect users from motor traffic so encouraging more people to take up this delightful (& healthy) way to travel.

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Market square

We need to make the market square a more attractive place to go. Hold events like an outside cinema there. Also have more bars and night clubs around the market square to give Northampton night life a shake up. We need to look at Liverpool as an example. Better the night life, the more university […]

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Urban light rail

Use existing and unused railways to provide local light rail from outskirts to town centre and major employment hubs and park and ride sites. Reduces car usage, congestion pollution and makes the town a more pleasant place to be

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CCTV, Police and Homeless

First at all fix the CCTV to upgrade to a better quality. Install in parks exits from the town. Upgrade to speaker system. Take actions! Police, upgrade the CCTV unit. Homeless… relocate from the town centre, Oasis centre and similar places should be outside the town… we don’t need drinkers in the city center. Provide […]

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Public transport

I would like to see money spent on a clean transport system such as a tram network to allow people like myself who have limited walking capacity to get into the town centre and enjoy it without using a car or a taxi.

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Fun for all

We need an area for everyone with a play area,swimming pool a bit like mid summer meadows used to be one off payment get stamped and you can stay all day. Cheaper rents and rates for Little independent companies. Cheaper public transportation bring back the trams.

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Fix the roads

The best use of this money would be to fix the potholed roads throughout the area. We have so many small roads being used by HGV’s that the roads are being ripped to pieces. Potholes on nearly every road in Northampton. Cliftonville Road is like running a slalom having to decide which potholes to hit […]

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Improve our hospital

Northampton is a growing town and with that growth is an increased demand for healthcare provision. Our hospital has been struggling to cope recently with demand and staffing levels. I recall this last winter when patients were being left on corridors as we didn’t have any beds available. Please use the money to help build […]

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Better roads

Investing money in repairing/rebuilding the roads in Northampton. Some potholes in the city can damage your car pretty bad.

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More community spaces

This town needs more community spaces that families in particular can access and support eachother through networking. This has been proven to reduce the need for families to access official services such as social and health. Families involved in community networking can problem-solve together and reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation for parents. This would […]

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Affordable eco homes

Affordable eco homes. Add an interest free finance plan for them and it should work out great for many. The land would be an issue. My proposal: the bigger the space, the better. And let people decide the details via Internet. Thanks

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Homeless Shelter

Fund a new homeless shelter, help to make it a friendlier place – too many people in Northampton are horrible and behave disgustingly to the homeless. They need help and a better chance to get back on their feet.

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Arts/Culture

Start to invest in creative areas. Set up workshops in some of the empty shops to teach creativity to underprivileged people/the homeless/ex offenders etc. Let them have a say in the ‘look’ of the town centre and encourage creative development. Get back some of the history associated with the town and make it vibrant. Northampton […]

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Provisions for the Vulnerable

There has been an increase in the number of vulnerable people in the Town Centre. Is it worth considering some form of hostel or accommodation where people who have nowehere else to go can get some food, shelter and not be stuck in the rain in the entrance to an abandoned shop?

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Futuristic buildings

Using (the many) brownfield sites in town, build some iconic, glass-based, futuristic buildings for offices or housing, so we can start moving away from the run-down, old concrete buildings that currently populate the town

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School, hospital and mental health

Ngh is overcrowded. It’s normal for patients to stay on trolleys in the corridor for long periods. Schools are a huge issue for special needs kids. Not very inclusive, forcing many to be home schooled or special needs school. Special needs schools are full. Kids with greater learning disabilities are becoming a minority and merly […]

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Invest more in local sport

Please forgive any grammatical errors. When I say local sport I DO NOT mean football, cricket or rugby. They have their funding or at least enough time to prosper. I am talking about Basketball,American Football,hockey,netball etc If you look at places such as Leicester,Surrey,Newcastle,Bristol etc these location have taken the time to invest in grassroots […]

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Cheaper and better access to public transport for the wider town

Bus routes in the suburbs and villages surrounding the town are extremely limited and expensive. Improving the infrastructure would provide better access to restaurants, bars and other local businesses for all. Accessible and affordable public transport would also encourage people to reduce car use, helping to ease the massive problem of congestion in areas such […]

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Reduce Homeless

Utilise the empty buildings all over the town to help put an end to the homeless epidemic we have happening. Build accessible shelters and wash stations with showers, toilets and/or washing machine facilities throughout the town. There’s so many homeless people with little to no help. Even the local “charity” charges homeless people for items […]

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NHS m&s

Do like rushden lakes, crazy golf in one, food hall. Promote shoe industry.Dr Martin shop, trickers subsidise rents until they are profit making. Better lighting, trees with solar lighting. Too many charity shops! Family friendly ideas, no point free parking if nothing in town. We have students, let’s get vibrant!

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Put a glass roof over market square

Making market square a destination for all weather would support businesses that are already there and provide a hub for visitors and investors to build from whether its restaurants or shops. This has had a fantastic impact in Milton Keynes and Cambridge, and could connect Abingdon Street, the Grosvenor and Market square as one attractive […]

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Public toilets.

Decent public toilets in places other than upstairs in the Grosvenor. Not everyone wants to purchase drinks in pubs/cafes just so they can use toilet.

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Seating & toilets!

If you want to attract an ageing population (aka the recent research) to spend time in the town centre, as well as families, people need places to sit/rest and somewhere to go to the loo that is clean, open, accessible & free! The public toilets that used to be at the back of All Saints […]

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New hospital

Building a new hospital to cater for the ever increasing population of Northampton. The current hospital is doing its best but is no longer equipt to deal with the amount of patients!

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Use our heritage.

Make sure that the historic market square is retained with any of the old buildings being refurbished. Extend the way that st Giles street has been successful ie smaller specialist shops. Make use of the two big sites in Abington Street, M and S and BHS. Turn them into flats above and small shops beneath.

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Pot Holes

Can you please fill in the pot holes? They are costing us money by doing damage to our cars. Can we repaint the lines aswell in some areas and also display accurate speed limit signs. Thanks!

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River nene

Embrace the river bank more mooring points and goings on buy the river instead of moving us boaters on and making it an unsafe place to even walk at night

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Contingencies

Right now every penny should be held for the high possibility of England following the same trajectory as Italy. They should already be stockpiling for the medical facilities in Northampton. Putting contingencies in place for the elderly and vulnerable. Designating quarantine zones ready to enact immediately. But its northampton, only when all 10,000 horse have […]

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Free market reform with opportunity of Residents investing in to construction projects such as highrise community buildings

I believe a lower tax rate should be implemented for income tax and local business rate tax. A free market capitalist model would prove useful for the County as many residents would feel they have a stronger spending power; which encourages them to spend more on local businesses’ services and products. Whilst a free market […]

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Homeless

To build prefabricated homes so they are protected and monitored supported. More Youth clubs Concentration on rubbish Empty shops???? Stop traffic In The town centre Better public services make people want to use them more. Cafe culture More arts..

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The roads & shops

Fix the pot holes in some cases creators, town centre needs cleaning up to look nicer/modernising, more shops, free parking for 2/3 hours would bring the people back to the town centre and shop.

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Central Hub for working mums/parents

Mums/parents in Northampton particularly those with small children and single struggle to get back into work. They don’t have family to look after the children and the free 30 hours childcare never actually gets you 30 hours as many nursery’s say that the government don’t give them enough per hour. The retirement age has gone […]

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Funky shopping and eating

An area like Spitalfields in London or the Baltic Market in Liverpool. A trendy market where there is a central eating area with many different stalls. Surrounded by shops/ stalls that sell decent and upmarket produce/ products. With music playing and a general upmarket vibe. Northampton needs to go upmarket!

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Skateparks for youngers

In my opinion in Northampton there are no such places as Skateparks.There is one Radlands Plaza Skatepark which is always full of young people on weekends so I think that the city needs such investments as this. Bradlaugh Fields & Barn or Kingstorphe is the right place for such an investment.

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Reopen Market Harborough to Bedford railway line fund a scoping study

The Northampton Gateway project has been recently approved bringing potentially thousands of new jobs to the county. Reopening the Market Harborough to Bedford Railway line could support further large transport hubs which would create thousands more jobs around Northampton and create a new North South link too. A full scoping exercise to seek further funding […]

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Where do I start! Just to name a few…

A) subsidise the rental market for small and independent shops alongside the larger stores that sell products that we actually want. B) have some standards of cleanliness and in all areas and actively address the areas surrounding the town centre. C)address the fact that for families that want to have safe and entertaining option for […]

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Fund social services

Social services in Northamptonshire has been decimated by a decade of funding cuts, which is creating situations daily that are downright dangerous. Staff in schools and healthcare are doing what they can, but they’re also underfunded and close to breaking point. Use this publicity stunt money to support just a few of the at risk […]

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Parking and town centre

Increase and make parking free in and around town the centre and have increased parking times due to the increase of parking so that people can actually use Thomas intended, as well as ticket people who poorly parking this means our dying town centre which is a lovely place could be revitalised, I believe that […]

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Second train station

Northampton Bridge Street railway station Should be rebuilt or other location. Major towns and cities always have more than once train station and this would connect Northampton direct to Bedford, London and other destinations creating a better economy.

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Improvement to public transport

Getting into/around Northampton can be incredibly difficult, especially at peak times. One of the major reasons for this is that public transportation use is very low compared to other towns/cities – both in the UK and across Europe. This is because the bus service is incredibly poor and expensive for what it is. Public transport […]

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Youth projects

Children and teenagers are hideous and vile. We should provide them some where safe and exciting to be so we do have to put up with them on the streets.

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More affordable housing

The housing situation in Northampton is appalling. Private rentals are at an all time high, it’s incredibly difficult to get on the property ladder, and the wait for council housing is ridiculous. After being evicted from our privately rented home of 3 years because the landlord wanted to sell the house, myself and my partner […]

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Clean up

I think the Drapery needs cleaning, especially the pavement. Also the Market square requires investment and spaces advertised to small business owners. Money should also be invested to help the homeless who have made the town centre their home.

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Regenerate town centre

The town centre needs investment to celebrate its heritage and historic buildings and make it attractive to shoppers and visitors. There needs to be funding put into vital services to help the homeless crisis and also create a youth centre in town for young people to use.

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Heritage

Make far more of the towns heritage. The history is all over the town not just one quarter. The town has an amazing history pre shoe. Promote the history and bring in those desperately need tourist £ and $ particularly with the US connections etc.

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Clean up

I feel some money should be invested in: – cleaning up the litter and general areas, provide more bins with enclosed cigarette ash trays so people cannot pull them out, – work a strategy plan with the third sector (charities) in regards to the scale of homelessness, invest the money into housing or supported accommodation […]

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Safeguard our heritage

Northampton has one of the finest collections of historic buildings in the country, and a predilection for demolishing them. An investment into future use, especially at a time when some will become more vulnerable due to local government reorganisation, will see them purposefully preserved and developed so that future generations can find relevant utility and […]

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Market Square

Re-design the market square with new tents and set ups that entice people in. Make it easier and more economical for people to trade on the stalls and give opportunities for independent businesses and creators to trade on the stalls. Allow for a cycle of trade so that new people and new businesses get to […]

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London Commuters

Build an exclusive high end residential development for London commuters, bringing in high salary earners into the town. By knocking down Spring Boroughs from Grafton Street Street to Saint Andrews Road to St Mary’s Street to Horse Market to Saint Andrews Street and using that area for development, advertised as within walking distance of the […]

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Leisure Centre

A purpose built leisure and youth complex. Either a new design or redevelopment of existing area, perhaps in partnership with existing facilities would also help to generate additional funds and take advantage of experience. A well thought out leisure complex could potentially go a long way to addressing some of the bigger issues in the […]

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Northampton Town Centre Youth Centre

Northampton needs a youth centre in the town centre open 7 days a week. The youth centre would be for 11-25 year olds. It would divert young people from anti-social behaviour and support them into education, employment or training. The mix of activities taking place in the youth centre would be extensive. Counselling and employment […]

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Town Centre Redevelopment

The town centre is suffering from low visitor figures and cannot accommodate large high street brands in terms of store sizes hence the number of retail parks I. Northampton. Knock down the town centre in stages and completely redevelop it into an accessible, well sized place for shopping and leisure. Sol Central was a great […]

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Keep open spaces

Less building of roads and houses and more investment in green spaces like at Kingsthorpe Mill. This historic site is about to be destroyed by North West relief road and can never be replaced

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Encouraging Independent Business

Council lowering the business rates so more independent small businesses can start in the town centre. Utilising existing empty shop units so entrepreneurs and business start-ups can make use of these buildings, encouraging more shoppers and visitors into the town centre. Big brands may be leaving, but the town could build a reputation as a […]

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Essential Services

Improved mental health services, better access to GPs for those working full time ie. out of office hours appointments or video appointments. Stricter enforcement of housing rules stopping areas like the mounts being full of squats where 15-20 Europeans share and cause havoc including noise, violence and rubbish. Regeneration of housing areas close to the […]

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Roads

The roads are in a very bad condition all over the town regardless the area. The average council tax paid by household in apex. 110£ that goes to the local council and you can HARDLY see any improvements. Of course the city centre should be renovated as it still looks the same as in the […]

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Hoverboard skate park.

With this money I could finally develop my hoverboard skatepark idea- magnets dude. OR if you’re not into magnets think human sized air hockey table… with ramps. Imagine the first town to have a building totally dedecated to like, totally revolutionary recreation. Originally I had intended to build a hoverboard using a broken skateboard and […]

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Town centre

Not just for residents, but Northampton is now a big university town and improving the town centre (market square, Abington Street, Drapery, Bridge Street) would help the students living here use the local facilities rather than get the bus or train or drive to MK/Rushden Lakes. It may even encourage them to stay and make […]

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Sports Facilities

Become a sporting Hub like Sheffield, invest in facilities, offer opportunities to kids and adults e.g INDOOR TENNIS COURTS, badminton courts, more rugby & football, top golf, running routes, outdoor gym equipment, cricket nets (indoor &out), wakeboarding/ surfing park, rock climbing centre, bike trails, foot golf, ultimate frisbee. Bring in elite athletes, provide elite facilities […]

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Invest in independent & unique

Provide funds, facilities and support to independent business to open in Northampton. Winchester,Bristol, St Albans, Oxford & Cambridge have city centres full of independent coffee shops, galleries, smaller specialist shops (cheese,wine,meat, gifts, bakeries) these are high quality, trendy and attractive. Magee street, Born&Bread, yellow bourbon, bread & pullet, the smoke pit…. support these business and […]

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Help the homeless

Invest more into helping the vast amounts of homeless/ rough sleeping citizens of our county. Whether by funding more into hostels, food banks, overnight shelters, in the day social hubs, incentives for businesses to offer work for those in struggling positions, education programs to assist them learning job skills and qualities, health funding for those […]

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Coffeeshop

Everyone wants to bun a zoot nowadays so what better way than opening a coffeeshop, never mind the feds make it private land whoever owns it, kushty 👌

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Roads

Repair the roads in Northampton as they’re full of potholes and to make more cycling paths

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Place the bins

The city has a shortage of trash bins. It could solve the problem of rubbish laying on the streets, sidewalks and in the bushes. This city is dirty and it is a shame. We should be proud on our city.

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Stop the pothole crisis

Northamptonshire is among the top 10 for most pothole compensation claims and payouts in the UK. It is a hazard for everyone especially cyclists. Bad roads stand in the way of a green economy and infrastructure.

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FIX THE ROADS !!

I think some of the investment should be fixing the road issues, the amount of pot holes on all the roads is a joke, is it going to take a moterbiker to die to get them sorted ??

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Social care

There is a desperate need for more social care for the elderly stuck in hospital. This needs to be countywide as an approach and not with lines drawn to area that mean the hospitals with better funding get the quicker care offered. The NHS hospitals are full of people awaiting social care but that are […]

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Modernising

Northampton is struggling to keep up with the times. It’s lacking entertainment for young adults, majority of young adults will travel to Milton Keynes, Birmingham or London as the entertainment here is so bad. We need more popular restaurants and shops in town centre as everyone prefers to go that extra 20 mins to go […]

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Grass roots sports

I coach a Flag Football team. I think it’s incredibly important to open up as many sports as possible to young people. On a whole is like to see more money put into sport and facilities to enable grass roots projects to grow. We need more teams and leagues across all sports. Encourage young people […]

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Town centre redevelopment

Giles street to the derngate are lovely, perhaps this should be our main high street and pedestrianise from castillian Street down. Abington Street could be opened up and the empty department store could be made into a indoor sellers market, encouraging local enterprise. Clear up the area that was the bus station and rat Island […]

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Upgrade the hospital

We truly need a new hospital, a bigger cleaner and safer hospital, this hospital needs modernising and a lot of inversement for the future, it’s not safe and needs to lol modern, this should be made into a hospital everyone is proud of.

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A new shopping centre

Northampton town centre is so bad, no one goes there to shop anymore, money should be used to invest in a large retail shopping centre like Westfield instead of people going to Milton Keynes or Rushden lakes it’ll bring lots of jobs and more money into the town.

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Help the homeless

More food stations / bigger hostels / no anti-homeless architecture / More mental health support to those affected eg past trauma counselling and help to increase self esteem / increase in supplies eg sleeping bags & food and clothing for jobs / use advertising to decrease stigma and encourage people to help

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Significant regeneration

We need to use some of the money to regenerate the town centre. The centre of any town is a focal point and therefore significant. Northampton genuinely has one of the worst town centres I have ever seen. Retail clearly isn’t the answer as this is why it has left so many vacant premises. A […]

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River

Bring the riverfront alive – it’s a resource that events and people could focus round but is largely inaccessible (through actual pathways or through pathways you might not want to walk down at night).

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Invest in tackling rough sleeping

The town centre is derelict and suffers from petty crime. Shopping areas are in need of better attention that encourages people to go out to shop, eat, and use public spaces. Homelessness is blatant and widespread in town, and not only for humane reasons, rough sleeping needs to be tackled. It disencourages people to be […]

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New, cleaner Market Square

Since having such a modern and new university that is fresh and clean, coming to visit Northampton Town Centre is a complete contrast. Overall street cleanliness, smells and appearance is far from ideal. Talk of a structured market would make it nicer, as well as making such all town centre shops and units are clean, […]

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Traffic Lights

There are many junctions that are over looked by the government and need filter lights putting in place as to keep the public safe in and around northampton. Example Bants Lane. Drivers look at the traffic lights further down the road and go through red lights.

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Town Centre Business Rent Subsidies

Currently the town centre is not an attractive location for any business to invest in. With low footfall due to the lack of higher quality shops for customers, it could certainly make new small businesses or sway larger businesses’ decisions to invest in the town centre if the rent space of shops were cheaper, therefore […]

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More shops

Lots of empty spaces (e.g. Market walk and units in grosevnor). More shops or entertainment spaces, healthy food outlets

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Free parking

Free parking sites, especially for people who work in the town centre. Makes things easier for those who live further away

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Cleaner town

More street cleaners as the town centre is so dirty and grubby, looks disgusting. Also tackle fly tipping as this makes the streets and country side look terrible.

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Regeneration, roads and litter

Money needs to spent on regeneration of the town centre and outlying areas, to attract businesses that stay. These areas need to be kept clean, which means not asking residents throughout the area to contain all refuse in bin bags which are then left on the street. Invest in actual bins for town centre and […]

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Cleaner town

The town would improve just by having a good clean up. Cutting vegetation, planting flowers and getting rid of litter. Also just general repairs of run down foot paths, pavements and roads.

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Greyfriars Demolition site

Transform this derelict site into a green area for the surrounding homes. This site could be turned into a grass area with play equipment and benches as a safe space for young children to spend time. Green areas are proven to improve mental health, and would be a big improvement for the derelict void that […]

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Look at Leicester

The town centre is not well presented by the approaches from Wellingborough or Kettering Road or Spring Boroughs. In Leicester they have done some fantastic development around the Clock Tower area, modernising the buildings and creating an attractive modern area. Northampton has not taken much care of its history. Look to the future.

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Kettering Road

The Kettering Road shopping area brings down the whole town, as does the council estate between this area and the Wellingborough Road. Regeneration is far too focused on existing assets such as the Market Square, if we genuinely want to improve the whole town, more efforts should be made to improve the secondary areas rather […]

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