Public meeting in Northampton aims to find solutions to St James’ waste problems

Councillor Rufia Ashraf is inviting members of the public to come along to a meeting in St James tomorrow night and discuss how best to tackle the ward's waste problem.

Councillor Rufia Ashraf is inviting members of the public to come along to a meeting in St James tomorrow night and discuss how best to tackle the ward's waste problem.

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A Labour councillor who says she is “frustrated” by the lack of cleanliness in St James is set to hold a public meeting about how to clear up the ward tomorrow.

Councillor Rufia Ashraf (Lab, St James) is set to gather the views of people living in the area on how to tackle the problem during an event at St James Community Centre, tomorrow (Thursday, July 16) starting at 6.30pm.

She said: “Residents want a cleaner and safer St James and are frustrated with the services they have been receiving, in the last few years, from both the county council and borough council.

“Residents want to see the borough council do more to reduce fly-tipping and keep the streets clean.”

The public meeting, called A Cleaner Safer St James, is open for anyone to attend and will take the form of an open forum.

Leader of the town’s Labour group Councillor Danielle Stone (Lab, Castle) added: “St. James has been getting a bad deal from both the county council and borough council for a decade and we hope to address this by listening more closely to the residents.

“Not only have services been bad but so has public consultation.”