‘Chalk-up’ campaign highlights anger against plans to bring traffic back into part of Abington Street

Campaigners in Abington Street NNL-140329-180844009
Campaigners in Abington Street NNL-140329-180844009

Campaigners fighting plans to re-open part of Abington Street in Northampton to traffic held a ‘chalk-up’ protest on Saturday in the town centre.

Dozens of messages were left on the pedestrianised area of the street that is due to be pulled up next month to open up the area to vehicles under plans by the Tory administration of Northampton Borouigh Council.

Messages included the main headline of “£6,000,000 to make this street more dangerous”.

The protest, led by The Occupy Northampton group, was supported by Labour and Liberal Democrat politicians who are trying to get the decision to proceed with the plan reversed.

The Tories argue that the figure of £6 million is wrong and the cost of the scheme will be, at most, £3 million. They also say the scheme will bring more people into that area of town.

Graphic designer, Phil Leach, organised the event and said its aim was to send a message to the borough council and urge the administration to listen. Campaigners say the majority of traders in the area are against it and it is a waste a money.

A petition against the scheme has been signed by more than 800 people.