Posted: 09/12/13 by West Northamptonshire Council
Exciting plans to inject major investment into Northampton’s town centre are to be discussed by councillors at the Guildhall this week.
Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet will discuss a report on Wednesday looking at how Abington Street could be rejuvenated with new investment. If approved, the Borough Council would invest £3 million in supporting businesses and help shoppers come into the town centre.
The investment would also support the wider regeneration of the town centre, which has seen millions of pounds invested in North Gate bus station, a new railway station, new student accommodation, improved office facilities and improvements to the appearance of the town centre.
As another exciting Northampton Alive project, Abington Street would be reopened to traffic with parking and dropping off points for businesses and shoppers. When reopened, Abington Street will allow one way traffic movement from St Giles Terrace along Abington Street to Wellington Street.
Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council said: “Reopening Abington Street would provide a vital boost to our local economy. With more seats, plants and a new access routes we will see more shoppers using the top of Abington Street.
“With more visitors the area will be more attractive to businesses and that will help our existing shops and traders. Doing nothing is not an option, so I am pleased that we are going to discuss real plans to invest in our town and how we can support our business community.”
For more information about the plans and to read the report please visit www.northampton.gov.uk/meetings