The resignation of the Labour County Councillor after only 12 months came as a shock to residents across the St George Division.Just 12 months ago in the run up to the General Election Labour campaigned claiming that they cared about the area and could do a better job of representing residents than the popular and well respected Sarah Uldall from the Lib Dem Focus Team.
With the Tory run County Council in financial and political turmoil the Labour councillor has stood down. Sarah Uldall is unable to stand this time and Focus Team member Martin Sawyer has been selected as the Liberal Democrat Candidate. He has already been working with Sarah and out and about meeting people and taking up local issues.
The result last year shows that once again the election is likely to be between The St George Liberal Democrats and Labour
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Sarah and Martin of St George Focus Team outside the new International Academy Barrack Road.
The resignation of Labour County Councillor Rachel Cooley after only 12 months in office will bring a County Council By Election in St George Division , centred around the Racecourse in Northampton . Prior to Labour's victory last year this area had been represented by Liberal Democrat Councillors for many years. The last one being Sarah Uldall pictured here with fellow campaigner Martin Sawyer.
The St George Liberal Democrat Focus Team has a record of action for the area going back 30 years and Martin and Sarah and the team are already out meeting people and dealing with issues such as fly-tipping, overgrown verges and concerns about cuts to council services.
Details of candidates will be published next week and the election is expected to be on Thursday July 19th.
Charles Bradlaugh was a radical Liberal M.P. for Northampton, he may have been a Liberal but he always put the town and his constituents first He is part of over 800 years of democracy in our Borough.
Above all else Bradlaugh stood against the establishment and the Conservative Party.
Following 12 years of Tory rule on The County Council, during which they cut services to the bone and mismanaged the finances so badly that they couldn't pay the bills, our Local MPs, also Conservatives, have called for the County Council to be scrapped.
But not only do they want to scrap Northamptonshire County Council but they are prepared to throw away Northampton as well. Willing to see it become part of a new Council Stretching from Brackley to Naseby.
They are being helped in this by Conservative Ministers in Whitehall who appear prepared to play with figures and change the rules to give our MPs what they want.
Local Liberal Democrats asked Wera Hobhouse Liberal Democrat MP for Bath to raise the matter in Parliament .
What she found out is that despite there being a "consultation period" where local councils can make representations it looks like a done deal and the people of Northampton will see their Borough Council Disappear.
“The Conservative government has told us to consult widely on options but made sure that there is no real choice on offer” says Councillor Brian Markham. a long standing Liberal Democrat Borough Councillor and a former Mayor of Northampton.
" I hope that people from all parties and none will stand up for our town and our history and demand a proper democratic voice for our town".
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Cllr. Heather Smith Tory Leader of troubled Northamptonshire County Council has resigned after a Government Inspection said that the council should be scrapped.
Just a reminder - last year's @LibDems manifesto for #Northamptonshire called for the abolition of the county council. We however, favoured 3 unitaries.
Liberal Democrat Councillors in Towcester have a record of Campaigning All Year Round!
Just because it has been built doesn't make it right !
Westone Liberal Democrat Borough Councillor Brian Markham supports local resident's objection to hotel extension.
People living near to Westone Manor Hotel have sent in letters and organised a petition against a Retrospective Planning Application for additional bedrooms at the hotel. The new application comes after the owner ignored a previous consent and went ahead with building something twice the size agreed .
Brian says " I realise that refusal of the new application may cause difficulties for the hotel but I am convinced if what has been built had been included in the previous plans then it would have been refused or at least scaled back. Just because it has been built doesn't make it right".
Cllr. Markham is asking that the matter be referred to Planning Committee for a decision rather than decided by officers. "Given the level of local interest in the matter I think that it is only right that people should be able to air their views in public".
Northamptonshire County Council had a special meeting Yesterday 22nd February and councillors were told that the council would fail to balance its books by the end of March.
Councillors were told that the spending controls imposed in February are unlikely to bring the £20 million savings needed to balance the books . Where this leaves the council remains unclear but it is clear as one member of the public put it, "we live in interesting times ".
In a long debate Lib Dem and Labour Councillors called for the Leader of the Council to go . Cllr. Dennis Meredith ( Lib Dem Talavera ) also questioned why, when they they knew that they were heading for disaster, Conservatives had appointed an additional 2 cabinet members in December at a cost of around £9,000 extra each. Not much toward £20 million but a sign that even when cutting everything else Tories can always find jobs for the old boys.
Councillor Dennis Meredith ( Lib Dem Talavera Ward) Claims that Enterprise , The Council’s current grounds maintenance contractor has given up.
Cllr. Meredith says that litter-picking, clearing fly-tipping and other routine jobs are not being carried out in areas such as Southfields. He believes that Enterprise ( Who’re losing the work from June this year) are just not responding to councillor or residents requests to clean up areas.
He says other councillors across the town have told him the same.
The Conservative controlled council have promised to put an extra £ 1 million in, to clean up the town, once the new contractors take over in June , but Cllr. Meredith says that there is still work outstanding from last Autumn which nobody seems to worry about.
I asked for assurance that officers would continue to monitor performance of the existing contract but am not happy with the response.
People cannot wait another 4 months with fly-tipping and rubbish in their neighbourhoods says Dennis
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