St James Residents' Association

For The Residents And Workers Of St James

Monday, 24 February 2014

Northampton Borough Council launches Android app

Northampton Borough Council has now completed the Android version of the ‘Northampton’ app, after a successful iOS launch back in 2012.

The Android app has the same functions as the iOS version, containing user friendly menus that are easy to navigate, and help smart phone users access council services whilst on the move.
Features of the app include:

• Keep Northampton tidy by reporting environmental problems to the authority. Providing a receipt and a resolution date.

• Find out your bin collection details and set a reminder on your phone to ensure you never miss a collection again.

• Contact Northampton Borough Council from within the app; get a receipt and a respond date.

• Follow the social feed for the latest news and views of what's happening in the town.

Cllr Brandon Eldred, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for Community Engagement, said: “When we first released the iOS Northampton app, it sparked requests from several people asking for an Android version, and we were more than happy to provide this for them. “The app is cost effective and provides users with the convenience of accessing council services by a touch of a button. We hope that Android users will download this app to explore the range of services it offers, including reporting litter, finding out about bin collection dates and keeping up to date with all the latest news happening in the town.”

The Northampton app is free and can be downloaded here:

Grosvenor Centre car park now accepts chip and pin payments

Shoppers and visitors using the Grosvenor Centre car park in Northampton town centre can now pay for their parking using chip and pin credit and debit cards.

The pay machines at the Grosvenor Centre car park now take chip and pin cards, coins and banknotes.  Card payments are checked in the same way as any other card payments and payment is accepted only after authorisation by the bank.

Councillor Tim Hadland, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member responsible for car parks, said: “Credit and debit cards are now used widely, even for low cost payments such as parking.  The Grosvenor Centre is one of our busiest car parks and is the latest one to become a pay on exit car park which gives shoppers more flexibility over how long they stay in town.  Adding the chip and pin facility at the pay stations makes paying for parking at the Grosvenor Centre even more flexible for shoppers.”

New Northampton tourist guide now available

Northampton Borough Council has just published an updated version of the tourist brochure, a guide to Northampton.

The 64 page book features everything that the town has to offer, including events and culture, history and key tourist destinations and venues.

The guide is available to pick up from several locations, including the Tourist Information centre at George Row and Northampton Museum & Art Gallery, and can also be viewed online at:
Councillor Brandon Eldred, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for community engagement, said: “Northampton has so much to offer in terms of its rich history, culture and entertainment venues.

“This new brochure will be distributed around the region, gaining footfall for Northampton and encouraging visitors to explore our beautiful historic town.”

To keep up to date with all the latest events and discounts that Northampton has to offer, visit:

Steps to recognise and protect our history

People in Northampton have the chance to get involved in the work to preserve an important part of our town’s heritage, the site of the Battle of Northampton.
In 1460 Northampton witnessed one of the major conflicts in the War of the Roses. The Battle of Northampton and aftermath is seen as a significant event, not just in our town’s history but as part of the story of our nation. Northampton Borough Council is asking people to comment on plans to protect the historic site of the battle and surrounding area.

The plan looks at seven key areas:

  • Battlefield – location and protection
  • Historic landscape
  • Nature conservation
  • Access and interpretation
  • Public use and events
  • Landscape
  • Management and maintenance

Councillor Tim Hadland, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and planning said: “This year we are celebrating the rich and interesting story of Northampton. So it seems only fitting that we are looking carefully at how we can protect the site of one of the most significant battles fought on English soil.
“Almost 650 years ago the armies of the House of York and House of Lancaster gathered in Northampton, and the outcome of that battle helped determine who would rule England.
“Today we are looking at how we can protect the site of the battle and bring it to life for visitors and local people who want to discover the story of Northampton.”
To find out more about the plans to conserve and protect the site of the Battle of Northampton All comments must be received by 5pm on Thursday 27 March.March.

St James End before 1965

St James End before 1965


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