New board to drive Northampton Forward

Published: Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Key stakeholders in Northampton’s future have come together to create a vision for the town and drive forward a strategic programme of improvements.

The board – co-ordinated by Northampton Borough Council – already includes a range of organisations and individuals from across the public and private sector.

And one of its initial aims is to broaden membership to others who can add value to the project and help deliver on the town’s exceptional potential.

Cllr Jonathan Nunn, Council leader and chair of the board, said: “We are coming up with some very ambitious plans for Northampton and there will be some exciting announcements in the coming months which we want to share widely when ready.

“Like most parts of the country, we know the town has some problems, particularly the town centre which is suffering through a combination of factors.

“The primary aim of this new board is to ensure everyone is pulling in the same direction to address those issues and allow the town to live up to its promise.

“We already have some excellent assets, from our fantastic Cultural Quarter to a strong collection of independent small businesses, beautiful architecture and fascinating history.

“These provide a firm foundation for the work we now have to do, and we are looking to tap into the huge amount of enthusiasm and expertise within the borough to help us along that road.”

The board’s membership is intended to be flexible but at its core are primary partners from:

  • Northampton Borough Council
  • Northamptonshire County Council
  • Northants Police
  • Grosvenor Centre
  • Northampton Town Centre BID
  • University of Northampton
  • Royal and Derngate
  • South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP)
  • Tricker’s
  • Northamptonshire Chamber

The Grosvenor Centre Manager, James Roberts, said: “This is a huge step forward in making Northampton the best it can possibly be.

“Bringing together the huge amounts of knowledge, expertise and experience on this Board is vital, and it means we are all pulling in the same direction at the same time.

“This Board is something I’m proud to be a part of and I believe the future of Northampton is extremely bright.”

Jo Gordon, Royal & Dernate Chief Executive, said: “A thriving and welcoming town centre is very important to the theatre and to our audiences.

“Culture has a vital role to play in its evolving ecology and so we are pleased to be working in partnership with these committed parties for the future benefit of the town.”

One of the first tasks being undertaken is a proposal to submit an Expression of Interest into the Government’s Future High Streets Fund, and a range of other potential sources of support are also being looked at.