‘Thank God East Midlands in Bloom judges didn’t look down filthy Northampton alleyways’ says panel chairman

An alleyway in Northampton town cnetre is filled with litter

An alleyway in Northampton town cnetre is filled with litter

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The chairman of the Keep Northampton Tidy panel says the town did not have a “cat in hell’s chance” of winning a East Midlands in Bloom award if the judges had ventured down some of the alleyways in the town centre.

Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday night, Councillor Tony Ansell said the alleyways in the town centre were in the “worst state he had ever seen them”.

Councillor Ansell said: “If we really are serious about keeping Northampton tidy then we need to look at these alleyways.

“Thank God the East Midlands in Bloom judges did not go down these alleyways otherwise we would not have a cat in hell’s chance of winning an award.

“No wonder House of Fraser has gone off to Rushden Lakes. There is no point investing in the town if we cannot keep it clean.”

Cabinet members agreed to adopt a number of recommendations in the Keep Northampton Tidy report including handing out portable ashtrays in the town centre, putting up “Do not feed the pigeons” signs and gating off alleyways in the town centre.