St James Residents’ Association looks for a new chairman after founder steps down

John Connolly, chair of St James Residents Association, Elizabeth Searle, from Alfred Searle greengrocers, and Graham Croucher, secretary of St James Residents Association next to some of the flowers.

John Connolly, chair of St James Residents Association, Elizabeth Searle, from Alfred Searle greengrocers, and Graham Croucher, secretary of St James Residents Association next to some of the flowers.

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St James Residents’ Association in Northampton will be voting for a new chairman at its annual general meeting next month.

Current chairman, and co-founder of the association, John Connolly, is stepping down after seven years in the role. The association was formed in 2007 and Mr Connolly was instrumental in bringing together people with a common purpose.

The meeting takes place on October 1 at the Doddridge Centre, St James Road, Northampton, from 7pm.

Elections take place for the positions of chair, vice-chair, secretary, treasurer and committee members. Also any changes to the constitution take place at this meeting.

Anyone who wishes to join the association is reminded that to stand for a management position you have to have attended four meetings in the previous year and one meeting to stand for ordinary committee member.

Secretary Graham Croucher said: “Since becoming chair, John has been excellent in the role and has helped guide the association to becoming one of the most respected and active residents groups in the Northampton. Very popular with residents and local officials, John has the unique ability to be firm when needed but receptive to people’s needs in a caring, compassionate way.

“John has moved from the area due to health issues and the need for more suitable accomodation.

“The committee of the SJRA wish to place on record our heartfelt thanks to John for his hard work, his dedication to the betterment of ordinary people lives and for helping to make so many improvements to the St. James area.

“We have all made a fantastic and loyal friend in the process and we wish John well for the future,” Mr Croucher added.

Normal business will follow the AGM and will include councillors and police updates but will be given over mainly to discussing the proposal to create 93 extra parking spaces in the streets between St James Road and Victoria Park and also the creation of waiting restrictions in some of those streets to deter commuter parking.