Council capital programme announced as part of budget

Published: Wednesday, 07 December 2016

Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet is set to consider which projects will form part of its capital expenditure during the next year.

During a meeting next Wednesday, members will decide on a raft of initiatives totalling more than £13 million for the 2017/18 budget. 

These include almost £3 million for continuation of the Vulcan Works project, which will see the creation of managed workspaces for creative industries within the Cultural Quarter.

Almost £6 million has been earmarked for the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery expansion, set to transform the former Gaol Block and Guildhall Road sections of County Hall, aiming to more than double visitor numbers.

Other projects in line for funding include the link between St James Mill Road and Towcester Road, the purchase of 9 Guildhall Road from Northamptonshire County Council, and new play equipment.

Cllr Brandon Eldred, the council’s cabinet member for finance, said: “If cabinet agrees to the proposals, it will mean significant expenditure to support our Cultural Quarter within the coming financial year.

“We’ve also allocated more than half a million pounds for the latest phase of our town centre public realm improvements, this time in Fish Street.

“Also, we hope to push forward with our plans to support businesses within the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone by creating another link from the St James mill Road Industrial Estate, plus an investment of more than £200,000 in superfast broadband.

“These are on top of funding for our usual programme of work including grants for disabled facilities, work on parks and allotments, and replacing worn out market stall coverings.”