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Rural bus subsidies could be cut completely and the county's rogue trader taskforce halved as part of latest Northamptonshire cuts

Bus subsidies, libraries, roads gritting and Trading Standards all set for cuts as part of £9.6 million savings announced by Northamptonshire County Council today.
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Compton House was set to open for the new term in September, but has been pushed back by delays.

Students housed in 'building site' and town centre hotel as developers rush to finish new Northampton flat block

Eight students from the University of Northampton (UoN) are being housed in a town centre hotel while their behind-schedule accommodation block is finished.

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Up to 28 libraries across the county have been put at risk.

'Dark day' for library services in Northamptonshire as council announces proposals that could see 28 closed

The future of up to 28 libraries across Northamptonshire have been put at risk as part of cost-cutting proposals announced yesterday.
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TUC Midlands Regional Secretary, Lee Barron

Unions urge public to join rally in Northampton over public sector pay

Union members are holding a public rally in Northampton on Saturday to end "the public sector pay cap".

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Chief reporter Paul Lynch talks to the leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Councillor Heather Smith

BREAKING NEWS: Libraries in the firing line as Northants county council reveals how it will save £9.6 million

A review of Northamptonshire's libraries and getting communities to run them themselves is included in proposals to save £9.6 million by the county council, it has been revealed.

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The power plant proposed by Rolton Kilbride would have towered above the Northampton skyline, though the developers claimed it would provide cheap energy to homes in St James, Far Cotton and Spring Boroughs.

EXCLUSIVE: Developers have BINNED plans to build a waste-to-energy power plant in St James

Plans for a waste-to-energy power plant in Northampton have been officially thrown out following a vocal protest from a town campaign group.

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So-called "rat island" is set to become flats with the possibility for commercial use.

Flats of the future: Developers planning 800-home land grab in Northampton town centre

Town planners are hoping to build more than 800 homes in the centre of Northampton as the town gears up for an influx of thousands of extra students next year.

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Northamptonshire County Council is set to consult on whether to reduce holiday breaks for disabled children.

Council to consider reducing holiday scheme for disabled Northamptonshire children

Cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council is to launch a consultation on the holidays it provides for disabled children in a bid to save money.
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Branch chairman of Unison, Penny Smith, outside One Angel Square.

Chief's departure should see Northamptonshire's next generation council plans shelved, urges union

A union representing some 8,000 health workers across Northamptonshire says the departure of the county council’s chief executive is a “watershed moment” for plans to split the authority into a set of mutual trusts.

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A new set of gates have been installed at Delapr Abbey, though more are planned for the driveway to the site.

Fears new Delapré Abbey gates will 'close off' visitor attraction to some in the evenings

Northampton Borough Council plans to set to repair a gatehouse lodge and install new drive gates at Delapre Abbey have been criticised by users of the site.
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Tell Whitehall what you think. Sign our petition ('Review the share of 
Government money spent on Northamptonshire services).at: https://petition.parliament.uk/

Sign our petition for more Government funds for Northamptonshire

There comes a time when the official channels no longer work. A time when the people need to take a more direct form of action.

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Do you want to see a new cinema built at Greyfriars when the scheme is eventually completed?

POLL: Does Northampton need another cinema?

This week owners of Northampton's Sol Central said plans for a new cinema at the Greyfriars development were slowing their expansion ambitions - but what do you the public think?
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Martin Grant's website advertising homes at the Buckton Fields development has left some people puzzled as to why it does not feature hardly any pictures of Northampton.

Campaigners call in advertising watchdog over new Northampton homes' punting river picture

Advertising for a new housing development in Northampton - complete with a pictures of a punting river - has been referred to the Advertising Standards Agency.
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Northampton North MP, Michael Ellis.

Northampton's MP says it's in the 'national interest' to back PM after backbencher plot to oust her

Northampton North MP, Michael Ellis has today said 'our country's future depends on Theresa May being Prime Minister' in light of the the former Tory chairman urging her to step down.
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The Kingsthorpe Residents' Association meeting saw dozens of concerned residents take issue with the planned North-West Relief Road.

'This is a hostile meeting': Northampton residents tell highways chiefs the north-west relief road just won't work

Multi-million pound plans to build a north-west relief road in Northampton will simply open up land for 3,000 new homes in the north of the town and dump thousands of cars in Kingsthorpe - a fiery public meeting heard this week.
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Unison secretary Penny Smith, left, believes the outgoing chief executive of Northamptonshire County Council could have been 'pushed'.

'I'm worried he was pushed': Union leader speculates on timing of Northamptonshire chief's departure

The shock departure of Northamptonshire County Council’s chief executive weeks after revealing the authority was on the brink of financial collapse has sparked concern over the timing.

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Northampton Borough Council has been criticised for the way it handed over 10.2 million to Sixfields in the latest external audit report by KPMG.

Auditors say Northampton Borough Council is not providing taxpayers with 'value for money'

Northampton Borough Council has not provided tax payers with the right value for money because of the arrangements for the £10.2 million Sixfields loan, a report by the authority's external auditors has revealed.
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Market Square.

Council has overlooked 'too many opportunities' to improve Northampton Market Square

The chair of Northampton’s Market Advisory Group (MAG) says the borough council is simply ignoring recommendations from traders at its peril.

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The Conservatory Cafe' at Delapre Abbey is to be taken over by Tom Hewer Catering in November.

Trust ends £3m contract with Delapre' Abbey café firm six months after opening - appoints Northampton caterer to take over

The trust that manages Delapre Abbey is to part ways with the company in charge of catering, months after the grand reopening of the tea rooms.
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Chief of Northamptonshire County Council, Paul Blantern, has announced his intention to resign in an email sent to staff today (October 2).

BREAKING NEWS: Chief executive of cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council resigns

The chief executive of Northamptonshire County Council has tendered his resignation weeks after revealing the authority was on the brink of financial collapse.
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