As I have pointed out before, Northampton Borough Council's so-called 'Consultation' process for changes to our Town Centre, and particularly our Market Square, is deeply flawed. About a thousand people were involved in this 'Consultation'. That is rather less than 0.5% of the population of Northampton, which is over 230,000; so NBC 'Consulted' less than half of one percent of all the people who live in Northampton, the biggest Town in England!
As I have recently remarked, there is a grave danger of this 'Indoor Food Hall' proposed by NBC for the top of the Market Square, becoming another White Elephant, just like Market Walk now is, and has been for years. Why, when the council already have one White Elephant to show off to visitors, do they want two? Shoppers never ever come into town to see white elephants. Ever.
'The Fitzy Charter' by Andrew Starsmore.
Fitzy should be classified by English Heritage as the bedrock of the market community for generations, as well as that of the town of Northampton. People of Northampton have 'The Fitzy Charter'. For 570 years - sorry, 57 years, Fitzy has been a fruit & veg trader on Northampton Market providing a service that money cannot buy.
I see there is talk of another £150 K to further explore the idea of Northampton's Town Centre Masterplan. Before further 'exploration' is done, there are any number of basic questions to be answered. Only if these are given satisfactory answers should money be spent exploring further.
I see 'toxic Tony' Blair has been busy again recently, frantically jumping out of his box to try to stop us leaving the EU, as he has done many times in his desperate bids to curry favour with the EU Commission and become EU President.
Shuttered stalls on Northampton Market? To help bring our market into the modern world, and to make it more competitive against the supermarkets, a limited number of shuttered stalls would give many advantages, like refrigerated storage of perishable goods, for example.
Every now and then an event takes place that is so compelling, so newsworthy, and so captures the public imagination that it can’t be ignored. We have had our own event, and it’s been called “The Curse of Sekhemka”.
The Sekhemka statue was gifted to Northampton in 1880.There were two conditions: it had to be looked after; and it had to be displayed. When it came off display for four years these terms were considered broken and it went to auction. This was controversial.
Northampton now has a hindsight committee. They came to see me. The occasion was Zac Goldsmith's recent ashen-faced and dramatic loss of a twenty-three thousand majority in the Richmond Park by-election. He lost his seat, which was considered an impossible feat.
During this last week Northampton's free paper the Herald & Post published for the last time. The Chronicle & Echo has gone from a daily to a weekly, and as a consequence of these seemingly minor things local news, alternative viewpoints, and accountability via public opinion are all but dead. When the Press died in Northampton local democracy died with it.
It's a tragedy for all concerned: townsfolk; local leaders; and journalists alike. The leaders can now get away with murders that previously would have been picked up - but wish they couldn't. Townsfolk can't write star letters or get their views across, and journalists have to look for new jobs.