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Call in of decision to open up Abington Street refused by council

Abington Street traffic artist's impression

Abington Street traffic artist's impression

An attempt to call in a decision to re-open a section of Abington Street in Northampton to traffic because the request was “unconstiutional”.

Earlier this month, the leader of Northampton Borough Council, councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm) announced work to reopen the road between St Giles Terrace and Wellington Street would start next year.

Council cabinet members approved the £3 million project as part of the council’s capital programme.

Councillor Mackintosh said he believed it would offer extra parking and improve traffic flow in the area.

However, Liberal Democrat and Labour councillors asked for the decision to be called in claiming it will be “bad for business”.

Councillor Sally Beardsworth (Lib Dem, Kingsthorpe), the leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said: “Abington Street is an extremely busy pedestrian area, where people can shop safely with easy access to the town’s many car parks.

“Opening Abington Street to traffic again is dangerous, it’s bad for business and it’s bad for jobs.”

However, the council will not reinvestigate the decision as the request did not meet criteria laid down in the council’s constitution.

A spokesperson for Northampton Borough Council said: “A request was made to call-in last week’s Cabinet decision to vary the Council’s capital programme to include improvement works on Abington Street.

“After considering the request the Chief Executive and the Borough Solicitor advised the Chair of Overview and Scrutiny Committee that the request did not meet criteria laid down in the Council’s Constitution and thereby the request was refused.”

 

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