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Northampton residents question why development works for 1,400 homes will go ahead on farmland and not unused sites

Plans for a residential development of up to 1,400 homes as well as shops, healthcare facilities and a new primary school are waiting for approval from Northampton Borough Council.

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Storm Doris has caused structural damage to buildings across Northampton today.

Storm Doris rips roof felt off Northampton council flat

Part of the roof of a Northampton council flat has been torn off by high winds.
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Councillor Robin Brown has slammed Tories in Whitehall for reducing local council funding in successive years.

'Stark' cuts from Government leave us with no choice but to raise tax, blasts Northants finance chief

Northamptonshire's finance chief criticised his Tory colleagues in Whitehall for "stark" funding cuts as he declared county people could see their council tax rise by the maximum amount for the next two years.
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The 58 million worth of cuts has been approved despite two protests at County Hall.

BREAKING NEWS: Northamptonshire County Council rubber stamps £58 million budget cuts that will see 130 jobs go

A five per cent council tax hike and £58 million worth of cuts were approved by Northamptonshire County Council - as the ruling Conservatives dismissed protests, "death threats" and an alternate budget that promised to axe a tenth of the amount.
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Northampton Partnership Homes is set to install solar panels in 5,000 homes across Northampton - but the panels will only dish out free energy when it is light outside.

Major solar panel scheme in Northampton will dish out free energy to 5,000 homes - but only when it's light

Around 5,000 soon-to-be recipients of roof-mounted solar panels in Northampton's council houses will only see the benefits if they use energy during the day, a social housing chief has admitted.
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Northampton South MP David Mackintosh saw his nomination to be chairman of Northampton South Conservative Association beaten.

Critics hit out at MP Mackintosh's bid to nominate new chairman for his Northampton South constituency

A Northampton MP's move to nominate an ally for the chairman of his local party has been described as "unprecedented" by local Tories.

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A lorry blocks up Glasgow Street with cars lined either side.

Residents might consider 'blockading' Northampton road if lorries keep using it as a short cut - claims councillor

"Hourly complaints" are being received about set of tight streets in Northampton - which residents say have become a rat run for traffic-dodging trucks, speeding commuters and even criminals on the run.

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The Chronicle & Echo's Freedom of Information request to name those councillors who still owe council tax bills has been refused.

Northampton Borough refuses Chron's FOI to name the councillors who still owe tax

A Freedom of Information request to find out which of Northampton's borough councillors have not paid their council tax has been refused.

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Health bosses will need to make 230 million worth of cuts over the next five years - but it's long-term plans appear to mask job losses and mergers.

Great NHS gamble: Do Northamptonshire's jargon-laden plans mask GP practice mergers?

Plans to find £230 million worth of cuts in Northamptonshire's NHS services over the next five years could be "hiding" job losses and mergers with management jargon - fears a political group.
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Edward Groves.

BUDGET CUTS: Dementia sufferer's vital lifelines will be axed as part of Northamptonshire cuts

The daughter of a dementia sufferer whose vital memory cafe and day centre are set to be scrapped has labelled the county council cut as "disgusting."
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NHS crisis: 19 hospitals face axe as doctors accuse Government of deliberate underfunding

NHS crisis: 19 hospitals face axe as doctors accuse Government of deliberate underfunding

The NHS is facing its biggest shake up in a generation with nearly 20 hospitals marked for closure and care from cradle to grave put through a wholesale overhaul to plug a £22bn black hole in health service funding, an investigation by this newspaper can reveal.

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The Johnston Press Investigations Unit has trawled through all 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans to build up a picture of the nation's health service in five years' time.

The Great NHS Gamble: Northamptonshire will see funding drop by £328 per head over next five years

People in Northamptonshire will see their healthcare spending drop by £328 per head in the next five years as part of the biggest NHS shake up in a generation.

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Plans to shake up the way the NHS is delivered in Northamptonshire were drawn up by "stealth" according to a national campaign group.

Northamptonshire’s five-year NHS ‘vision’ was ‘drawn up by stealth’, claims campaign group

Plans to shake up the NHS in Northamptonshire and cut funding by £328 per person were put in place “by stealth” according to a national campaign group - and could face a legal challenge.

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Plans to shake up the way the NHS is delivered in Northamptonshire were drawn up by "stealth" according to a national campaign group.

Northamptonshire’s five-year NHS ‘vision’ was ‘drawn up by stealth’, claims campaign group

Plans to shake up the NHS in Northamptonshire and cut funding by £328 per person were put in place “by stealth” according to a national campaign group - and could face a legal challenge.

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A consultation on Northampton Borough Council's 2017/18 budget saw townsfolk reveal how they think the proposed tax hike should be spent.

Spend the extra council tax on cleaning the town say Northampton folk in budget survey

The extra funds raised by the upcoming increase in Northampton’s tax bill should be used to keep “deprived”  estates clean and to provide more services for the elderly- a consultation has found.

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The Drayton Centre in Kingsthorpe.

Protest planned over Northampton day centre funding cut

Families whose elderly relatives' day care centre funding was cut are set to stage a protest in Northampton next week.

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Andrea Leadsom

Minister for Transport set to attend public meeting on bypass for Northamptonshire town

The Minister for Transport will attend a public meeting to discuss the early completion of the Towcester bypass later this month.

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Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold launching his Police and Crime Plan at Guilsborough Academy.

Police commissioner vows to divert funds to cyber crime unit in five year 'vision' for Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire's Police and Crime Commissioner vowed to make children's online safety a top priority as he launched his crime-tackling vision for the county in front of a school assembly.
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A view from the south-east corner of the development land, currently being used as a paddock for horses.

Private cul-de-sac plan in Northampton could 'greatly affect the safety' of schoolchildren

A "back land" planning application to build a private cul-de-sac off a busy Northampton road is set to be approved, despite neighbours appointing legal advice to fight the move.
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Plans for a 50,000 square metre Wickes depot on the edge of Northampton have been turned down.

Inspectorate hammers final nail in plans for huge Wickes depot near Northampton

Developers wanting to build a 50,000 square metre distribution depot on the edge of Northampton road - and create 500 jobs - have had their appeal turned down by the Planning Inspectorate.

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