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Northampton Lib Dems ‘should get no credit’ for Sixfields revamp

Borough Council Leader, David Mackintosh, and Chairman of Northampton Town FC, David Cardoza, look over the new plans for Sixfields.

Borough Council Leader, David Mackintosh, and Chairman of Northampton Town FC, David Cardoza, look over the new plans for Sixfields.

The chairman of Northampton Town said it was wrong for the Liberal Democrats to try to claim any credit for the redevelopments of Sixfields.

At a recent Northampton Borough Council meeting, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Councillor Sally Beardsworth (Lib Dem, Kingsthorpe) said her party had “sown the seeds” for a number of building projects in the town.

Councillor Brendan Glynane (Lib Dem, Delapre) said it was his party that had approved the granting of a lease for the hotel in Sixfields back in 2008.

But Cobblers chairman David Cardoza said it was only since Councillor David Mackintosh had become leader of the council in 2011 that the Sixfields redevelopment plans had been able to come to fruition.

He said: “David Mackintosh is the person behind what we are trying to achieve.

“Terry Wire and his Labour group have also been very supportive of what we are doing.

“Everyone knows it was the Liberal Democrats who called in the decision on the Sixfields redevelopment, stopping any chance of progression.

“It is only since David Mackintosh came in as leader that anything positive has started to happen.”

Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Phil Larratt (Con, East Hunsbury) said the Liberal Democrats had been responsible for “four years of inertia”.

The Sixfields redevelopment of the East Stand, which is currently under way, has been part-funded with a 
£12 million loan from the borough council.

The plans includes a hotel, conference centre and larger stadium capacity.

 

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