St James Residents' Association

For The Residents And Workers Of St James

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Housing consultation drop-in sessions taking place next week

Three housing drop-in sessions will take place next week where people can pop along, find out more and ask questions about the consultations that are taking place. Tenants, people on the Housing Register and local residents are being asked for their views on proposals to change the Sheltered Housing Support Service and Allocations Policy and Tenancy Strategy.

The three drop-in sessions will take place on:

• Monday, 16 July, 10am to 12 noon in the Court Room, at the Guildhall
• Thursday, 19 July, 2pm to 4pm in the community room, Goldcrest Court, Goldings
• Saturday, 21 July, 10am to 2pm at the Market Square, Northampton town centre
Councillor Mary Markham, Cabinet member for housing said: "We are proposing to make changes to the Sheltered Housing Support Services and the Allocations Policy and Tenancy Strategy. The changes could affect you and I would urge people to come along to one of the drop-in sessions which will be taking place over the next few weeks to find out more and have a say on the proposals.”  As well as the two drop-in sessions, a presentation will be made about the consultations at the Disabled People’s Forum and the Diverse Communities Forum. People attending the forums will also be able to ask questions about the proposed changes.

The Disabled People’s Forum takes place on Tuesday, 17 July and begins at 5.30pm in the One Stop Shop at the Guildhall. The Diverse Communities Forum takes place on Wednesday, 18 July and begins at 6.30pm in the Godwin Room at the Guildhall.

Information about the consultations and the questionnaires is available on the Council’s website by visiting:

Allocations Policy and Tenancy Strategy:

Anyone who has concerns about the proposed changes or would like further information can call 0300 330 7000 or email 

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

New Flowers for St James

The SJRA working with local residents to make and keep St James and the flower beds looking nice.

Flowers Donated by the St James Residents' Association.

No parking at Delapre for Saturday's carnival

Visitors attending Northampton Carnival this Saturday (July 14) will not be able to park in the grounds of Delapre Abbey because the land is waterlogged.

The Carnival will go ahead as planned and will be using the park at Delapre Abbey after parading round the town.  But the persistent wet weather has made the ground unfit for vehicles to cross and so cars won’t be allowed in to the Park.

Councillor Brandon Eldred, Northampton Borough Council Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, said that the council had worked closely with the Carnival committee to make sure the event can go ahead."Although the weather has been dreadful we have tried really hard to ensure that the Carnival can take place as we know how much people enjoy the event and how much it brings to the town.  But the ground is just too wet to allow cars to park so we are asking visitors to make sure they plan their journey so that they can park and walk into the site.”

More information about the carnival can be found at

Princess Benedikte of Denmark to visit Northampton

Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark is to visit Northampton on Wednesday 1 August to mark the strong trade links between her country and the town. HRH Princess Benedikte opened the Carlsberg brewery in Northampton - the first outside its homeland of Denmark - in 1974 and almost 40 years on, she is to be welcomed back to mark both the historic connections and the future economic partnership.

Lionheart - Northampton Market Square 11-19 July

Prepare for a woolly week as Shauna Richardson’s Lionheart Project visits Northampton’s historic market square.

Three giant hand crocheted lions will be on display in a custom-built, mobile, glass case that is travelling around the East Midlands. These powerful, realistic sculptures reflect the region in both symbol and materials.  Richard the Lionheart’s three lions crest is created using regionally sourced Swaledale wool.
The Lionheart Project is part of Artists Taking The Lead, a series of 12 public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and is funded by Arts Council England and supported by Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council.

St James End before 1965

St James End before 1965


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