Campaigners call for solutions to Northampton Saints matchday parking issues in St James

Weedon Road, Northampton
Weedon Road, Northampton

Fresh calls have been made for action over Northampton Saints fans parking in and around St James on matchdays.

Labour group members met with representatives of the club over what they described as “the contentious issue of parking in St James”.

Councillors Rufia Ashraf, who attended the meeting with Councillor Danielle Stone and an unnamed resident of St James, said it was a positive meeting.

“It is important to acknowledge that the Saints are already playing a positive role in traffic management on match days. I thank the Saints for their time,” Councillor Ashraf said.

“However, the situation is still far from satisfactory on match days for St James residents. Parking and traffic are real problems and we are determined to improve the situation.

“Everybody agrees the one thing that can really make things better is finally joining up St James Mill Road and St James Mill Road East. If these roads are joined up then this would drastically reduce the congestion. I can’t understand why this project is taking so long as SEMLEP said the money was available some time ago,” Councillor Ashraf said.

Graham Croucher, secretary of St James Residents’ Association, which was not represented at the meeting, said the situation had not improved since initial discussions about it earlier this year.

“The parking situation is very much the same. We need to have a holistic view, with broad-ranging ideas. The problem is that no-one wants to spend any money on it,” he said.

“There are lots of ifs, buts and maybes. All we have are questions being asked but quite frankly what has been proposed so far is not fit for purpose and will not resolve the issues,” he added.

A Northampton Saints spokesman said: “We have engaged in positive dialogue with all parties over the past few years and continue to encourage our supporters to use our official car parks.”