In the last fortnight I was joined by a group of police officers and council leaders in a walk through part of the St David ward in Northampton.
I was joined by members of Northamptonshire Police, including a Superintendent, the Leader of Northampton Borough Council, the Chief Executive of Northampton Partnership Homes, and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold.
We split into groups led by Local Neighbourhood Officers, whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines, and discussed some of the local issues including housing, the vulnerability of some residents and how to keep crime rates down. We also discussed ongoing issues in the area such as fly-tipping, street lighting, and empty derelict garages, in an effort to improve the all-round safety and cleanliness of the area. We will continue to work together to formulate and agree plans which aim to improve community cohesion and make a real and lasting difference.
I discussed with the Chief Executive of Northampton Partnership Homes ways to enhance the area as part of their own three-year housing plan. The Council currently have a portfolio of around 100 social homes in the area and their proposed development will increase their provision to 300 homes. The plan, which will cost around £35 million, is in its early stages but it is one which has my support in principle and will improve the lives of many of my constituents.