Northampton Borough Council – Labour Motions for Full Council July 2012

Labour is Listening and representing the people of Northampton

As promised in a previous blog Northampton Labour will hold the Conservative controlled Borough Council to account and I have in this one provided the Motions to full Council to be held on the 9th July 2012 starting at 1830.

Northampton Labour Motion 1

This Council notes that Northampton is home to many different faiths and that this is a source of great civic pride.

This Council further note that there is now a significant Muslim population and that the current prayer facilities are beginning to reach capacity.

This Council believes that to keep up with demand a new purpose-built Mosque / Muslim Cultural Centre need to be provided. Such a facility would be available to all relevant groups and be of great benefit to our communities.

This Council therefore asks for a working party to be set up (4 Conservative, 3 Labour, 1 Liberal Democrat), with the authority of the full Council, to investigate and come up with proposals in how to progress the creation of a purpose-built Mosque in Northampton. Particular consideration should be given to,

1. Assessing current demand and capacity requirements.

2. Acquiring & transfer of land to facilitate the provision of a new Northampton Mosque.

3. Planning Application process for a Mosque.

4. Public consultation and engagement on points 1, 2, and 3 above.

The working party would immediately give an input into the planning process to try and ensure multi-faith facilities are provided in the new Grosvenor Centre or very close by.

This working party would report back to full Council within 6 months of this motion being accepted with recommendations on how to proceed.

Proposed by: Cllr Gareth Eales

Seconded by: Cllr Terry Wire DL

Northampton Labour Motion 2

This Council notes that the previous Liberal Democrat Administration negotiated the contract with Enterprise (EMS). The contract was signed on April 20th 2011 and came into force on June 4th 2011.

This Council further notes that the Enterprise contract has not yet delivered the promised performance for Northampton or provided the expected value for money.

This Council therefore asks the Cabinet Member for the Environment to start a comprehensive review, which will take an in-depth examination of where the contract with Enterprise has fallen short and how this might be rectified in the future. The findings of such a review should be made public to all councillors and local taxpayers.

This Council further asks that the Cabinet ensure that penalties are made in future when Enterprise does not fulfil its contractual responsibilities.

Proposed by: Cllr Geraldine Davies

Seconded by: Cllr Terry Wire DL

Northampton Labour Motion 3

This Council condemns the decision of the Conservative Administration to cut Neighbourhood Coordinators.

This Council notes that there has been little consultation with ward councillors, residents and community groups. Neighbourhood Coordinators are now on a 30-day statutory consultation. This decision was not in the budget passed in February 2012 nor was it in the Conservative Manifesto.

This Council recognises the Neighbourhood Coordinators play a very important role in communities, particularly in areas that cannot afford Parish Councils. Neighbourhood Coordinators have brought in external funding into areas, helped formed resident associations, organised multi-agency surgeries and brought our communities together.

This full Council asks the Cabinet to urgently reconsider their decision on Neighbourhood Coordinators and keep these invaluable posts for the future.

Proposed by: Cllr Danielle Stone

Seconded by: Cllr Ifty Choudary

Northampton Labour Motion 4

“This Council notes that all of the current voting members of the West Northants Joint Strategic Planning Committee are Conservative. The West Northants Joint Strategic Planning Committee (WNJSPC) oversees the development of the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (WNJCS). The WNJCS involves the delivery of 50,000 new homes in the West Northamptonshire area.

This Council also notes that the Conservatives on the WNJSPC have had a majority since it was created by statutory instrument in 2008.

This Council further notes a Conservative motion, carried on 17th January 2011, by Cllr Larrett and Cllr Golby stating,

‘This Council calls on the WNJPU and WNJSPC to reallocate the dwellings proposed at Buckton Fields to Daventry town and remove the development site at Buckton Fields from all development plans, including the emerging Joint Core Strategy for the development of West Northamptonshire’.

This Council also notes that the Conservatives have not removed the following from the emerging Joint Core Strategy.

Policy N5 – Northampton South SUE

Policy N7 – Northampton Kings Heath SUE

Policy N8 – Northampton North of Whitehills SUE

This Council asks the Leader of the Council at the next full Council meeting (September 2012) why this previous Conservative motion has not been upheld by his administration and also give the full rationale for the inclusion of Policy N5 and Policy N7 in the Joint Core Strategy despite the knowledge that there is strong local opposition in these areas.”

Proposed by: Cllr David Palethorpe

Seconded by: Cllr Danielle Stone

Northampton Labour Motion 5

This Council notes that our Parks are some of the town’s most vital assets.

This Council further notes that many people and families enjoy the parks across the town, particularly during the summer months. Our parks attract people from across the county into the town.

With reductions in Community Safety and recent high-profile attacks in our Parks there is a big concern that families will be deterred from using them in future. Park Rangers can play a crucial role in liaising with the Police and Neighbourhood Wardens to ensure the safety of the law-abiding public.

This Council therefore asks Cabinet to consider making our all three Park Rangers full-time and employing an additional part-time Park Ranger. Park Rangers in future need to be more mobile so all our Parks can be cared for. Pocket parks are important as well. This can be funded through the New Homes Bonus.

Proposed by: Cllr Geraldine Davies

Seconded by: Cllr Elizabeth Gowen