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  1. Updates for Thursday, 14 April 2016
  2. Northampton Borough Council has announced new timescales for some major development projects in the town
  3. Work to station car park delayed until next year
  4. St James Mill link road work to start 'by end of financial year';
  5. The company that operates The Castle theatre in Wellingborough has been placed in administration
  6. South Northamptonshire Council has voted to use £100,000 on fighting plans for a rail freight terminal
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Friday at 08:00

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Local Live has finished for today but we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with all the news, weather, sport and travel for Northamptonshire.

Weather: Rain with risk of heavy showers

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Tonight there will be scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms with further spells of rain later and lows of 7C (45F).


Cloudy with spells of rain during the morning with the risk of some heavy showers later with highs of 12C (54F).

Wilson to play Perry in the first round of snooker World Championship

BBC Sport

Kettering's Kyren Wilson has been drawn against Joe Perry (pictured) in the first round of the World Championship snooker.

Joe Perry
Getty Images

Perry, 41, reached the semi-final of the tournament at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield back in 2008.

The pair will start their best-of-19 frames match on Wednesday evening.

Northampton General Hospital sees 30 extra patients in A&E every day

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Managers at Northampton General Hospital have repeated their call for people to only use the hospital's accident and emergency department in real emergencies.

The hospital says that the department is currently under "intense pressure"...

NGH 11% increase in the number of patients turning up there compared with the same period last year. That equates, to, an extra 30 patients a day.

Castle theatre administrator 'hopeful' that company will survive

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

One of the joint administrators of the company that runs The Castle theatre in Wellingborough says that administration is "a tool to try and save the business".

The Castle

The Castle (Wellingborough) Limited was placed into administration, following a decision by the Borough Council of Wellingborough to terminate its contract because of poor financial management.

Gary Pettit, from from PBC Business Recovery & Insolvency, says it will "re-structure" the business, and "hopefully see the company survive".

Northampton Alive: Restored Delapre Abbey to open in the summer

Craig Lewis

BBC News

The £6.3m restoration of Delapre Abbey is under way and due to be completed by the summer.

Delapre Abbey facts: £6.3m cost of the redevelopment project which is due to be finished this summer, with an additional cost of £934,000

The project will see the abbey open for the first time in 900 years, with an 18th Century stable block turned into a visitor and education centre.

But it was recently revealed the project would cost an extra £934,000 due to unexpected additional costs.

Headlines: New office spaces from Northampton... Castle theatre administrators positive over future

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

If you're catching up, here are our top stories:

  • Northampton Borough Council announced this morning that construction would start later this year on an office building for 500 people in St Peter's Way
  • One of the joint administrators of The Castle in Wellingborough says administration doesn't mean the end for the theatre
  • Managers at Northampton General Hospital have repeated their call for people to only use the hospital's A&E department in real emergencies

Northampton Alive: Council keen for Grosvenor Centre redevelopment if it can find partner

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Northampton Borough Council says it would still like to redevelop the Grosvenor Centre if it can find a suitable development partner.

Grosvenor Centre facts: £250m scheme was scrapped in 2014

A £250m expansion scheme was scrapped in July 2014 when centre owners Legal & General pulled out of the deal, leaving the authority looking for another partner "to develop a major retail and leisure scheme".

Watch: Volunteer cleans up vandalised Mobbs statue

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Yesterday the Edgar Mobbs memorial service took place at the statue in Abington Square in Northampton, followed by the Mobbs Memorial rugby match between Northampton and the Army.

Edgar Mobbs made 234 appearances for Saints and captained England. He was killed in World War One commanding the 7th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment.  

Volunteer Lawrence McKenzie-Mockridge cleaned up the statue after he saw online that it had been vandalised.

Northampton Alive: Barrack Road School will see temporary classrooms open in September

Craig Lewis

BBC News

A number of major projects in Northampton were subject to announcements from the borough council today - but one that wasn't is the Barrack Road School plan.

Duncan Mills, the managing director of EMLC Academy Trust, which is behind the Barrack Road School plans

The £20m-county council initiative will see a Royal Mail sorting office converted into a school.

A topping-out ceremony took place in December and temporary classrooms are set to open in September.

Family of Corby girl with ‘ultra-rare’ condition hope to raise £30,000

Northamptonshire Telegraph

The family of a four-year-old girl from Corby with an "ultra-rare" disease are hoping to raise £30,000 to fund research into the condition.

Crisis-hit steel industry backed by #steelselfie campaign


People have started to tweet pictures of themselves with items made from steel in a show of solidarity for the crisis-hit industry.

Paul Hutchings/Twitter

The #steelselfie campaign on Twitter has seen posts from across the UK and as far afield as New York and Kabul in Afghanistan.

It comes as the future of steelworks across the country, include the Tata site in Corby, which employs 578 people, remains in doubt.

Northampton Alive: Talks with developers due over troubled Sixfields project

Craig Lewis

BBC News

One of the most controversial Northampton developments is the Sixfields stadium project, originally due to be funded through a £10.25m loan from Northampton Borough Council - money that has since gone missing, leading to the launch of police and council investigations.

Sixfields facts: The scheme was due to be financed by a £10.25m loan and would have seen the capacity of Sixfields increase to 8,500

The original scheme was for a conference centre, 100-room hotel, redevelopment of the East and West stands, a directors' box, a gym and 10 corporate boxes with the ground capacity increasing from 7,653 to 10,000.

A new plan for 8,500 seats and more corporate boxes was submitted in June 2014, but work never began. New club chairman Kelvin Thomas has promised to restart the project and seats have been installed in the East Stand.

Today, the council announced a remediation study for work on the land behind the stadium was in the "final stages" and it was hoping to talk to developers in the summer.

Welton man will carry the Olympic torch in Brazil

Daventry Express

A father of two from a Daventry village is preparing for an incredible trip to Brazil where he will carry the Olympic torch as it makes its way to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Northampton Alive: Vulcan works will support 60 businesses

Craig Lewis

BBC News

A major redevelopment of the former Vulcan Iron Works site in Guildhall Road is taking place as part of Northampton's emerging Cultural Quarter.

Vulcan Works facts: The £10.8m redevelopment will support 100 businesses and create 400 jobs
Northampton Borough Council

The Grade II-listed site will be developed at an estimated cost of £10m to allow it to support 100 businesses creating 400 jobs.

Northampton Alive: New county council HQ to be finished on time

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Northamptonshire County Council's new £53m headquarters is due to be finished on time later this year.

The £53m Project Angle is due to be completed later this year

Work started on the project in February 2015 at the Fetter Street site in Northampton. Full occupation is expected by December 2016.

Headlines: New timescales revealed for Northampton developments... 'Use A&E in emergencies', hospital warns

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are your afternoon headlines:

  • Politicians and business people have been meeting in Northampton to hear about new timescales for some big developments in the town
  • Managers at Northampton General Hospital have repeated their call for people to only use the hospital's A&E department in real emergencies
  • Kettering's Kyren Wilson will play Joe Perry in the first round of the Snooker World Championships at the Crucible

Northampton Alive: St James Mill link road plans to be submitted by Christmas

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Northampton Borough Council announced "provisional funding" for the St James Mill link road in 2014.

Site for St James Mill link Road

As part of a programme of development-related announcements today, the authority said the planning application should be submitted by Christmas with work starting "by the end of this financial year".

Northampton Alive: Developers still 'getting Greyfriars right' year after demolition

Craig Lewis

BBC News

There are still no solid plans in place for the Greyfriars site in Northampton more than a year after the old bus station was demolished in March 2015.

Greyfriars facts: The old bus station was demolished in March 2015 in six seconds after standing for 40 years. Three developers have been shortlisted - but no plans revealed.

Northampton Borough Council previously announced a shortlist of three developers, but no details of their plans have been revealed.

The authority's leader Mary Markham told BBC Northampton last week that talks with developers were continuing in order to "get it right".

Chinese GP: Lewis Hamilton gets five-place gearbox penalty

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Lewis Hamilton will be given a five-place grid penalty at Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix for a gearbox change by his Brackley-based Mercedes team.

Lewis Hamilton
Getty Images

Mercedes said the gearbox had sustained damage during the last race in Bahrain.

The team changed it rather than risk a retirement as Shanghai "was the best place to make the change and take the penalty".

Residents of Northampton street object to garage selling craft beer

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

A Northampton businesswoman wanting to store craft beer in her residential garage has come up against opposition from neighbours, which has led to a formal licensing hearing.

Football star handed six-month driving ban

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

A Premier League footballer has been banned from driving for six months after he failed to notify police who was driving his Mercedes after it was caught speeding on the M1 in Northamptonshire.

Riyad Mahrez
Getty Images

Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, 25, yesterday admitted failing to give information relating to the driver to Northamptonshire Police on 16 October last year.

Mahrez, of Leicester, who was not in court for sentencing, was fined £900, had six points put on his licence and was ordered to pay £150 costs and a £90 victim surcharge by Northampton magistrates, as first reported in the Northampton Chronicle.

Northampton Alive: University's Waterside Campus will cater for 15,000 students

Craig Lewis

BBC News

The £330m University of Northampton Waterside Campus, based on the banks of the River Nene, is set to open in September 2018 and will provide facilities for 15,000 students.

Waterside Campus will cost £330m and cater for 15,000 students

There were no fresh announcements about the scheme on the day Northampton Borough Council provided updates on a number of major projects.

Plans to transform the 58-acre (23 hectares) brownfield site include a six-storey Learning Hub and a new Creative Hub.

Yellow warning of rain for Northamptonshire

BBC Weather

Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to break out on this afternoon. Not everywhere will see these, but where they do occur, be aware of localised impacts from hail and lightning, as well as heavy rain producing standing water on roads and reduced visibility.

The showers will slowly die out this evening.  

Northampton Alive: Museum expansion 'to be completed in 2018'

Craig Lewis

BBC News

The expansion of Northampton Museum and Art Gallery will start in March/April 2017, it was announced today.

Northampton Museum facts: Planned 2018 opening after it was announced in 2014

Plans for the museum were first announced in 2014, with a 2018 opening predicted. The controversial project is being funded by the sale of the ancient Egyptian statue, Sekhemka.

A contractor has been appointed for the project and a possible opening date of August 2018 given. Some pieces will move to a pop-up museum while the museum is completed.

Chris Wilder: Bolton Wanderers target Northampton Town boss as next manager

BBC Sport

Northampton's Chris Wilder is Bolton's preferred choice to be their next manager, BBC Radio Manchester reports.

Chris Wilder
Pete Norton/Getty Images

Wilder is on a rolling contract with Northampton so there would be no compensation fee involved.

Wanderers chairman Ken Anderson said on Monday that the club had a shortlist of three managers from applications they had received and hoped to make an appointment soon.

Northampton Alive: 'Commercial heart' of Northampton won't beat until at least late 2017

Craig Lewis

BBC News

A 60,000 sq ft (5,575 sq m) office development previously described by former Northampton Borough Council leader and now town MP David Mackintosh as the future "commercial heart of the town" will not be completed until late 2017 or early 2018.

FOUR Waterside facts: 60,000 sq ft catering for 500 employees; had been due to be completed in 2017, now scheduled for laet 2017/early 2018

As part of a number of announcements today, the authority revealed a planning application will be entered for the Four Waterside project at St Peter's this summer.

A cabinet report in October 2015 said the application for the development, which will cater for 500 people, had been expected to be submitted in January this year with building completion expected "some time in 2017".

Northampton Alive: Work on railway car park won't start until next year

Craig Lewis

BBC News

New deadlines have today been set on a number of large scale projects across Northampton, including the much-delayed railway station.

Railway station car par development infographic: Cost £20m; Due to be completed end of 2015; Planning application to be submitted in early 2017

The new station opened its doors in January 2015, following a delay of more than three months but construction of a 1,550 space multi-storey car park originally scheduled for the end of 2015 still has not taken place.

Today, Northampton Borough Council announced that a planning application would be made early next year, with work not due to start until later in 2017.

Council says new office block announced for Northampton is first for 20 years

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

One of developments announced at the "Northampton Alive" event is a new office block for the enterprise zone.

A planning application was expected in January 2016 but has been delayed until the summer...

Four Waterside office space - due to be completed in late 2017

Northampton 'isn't dead', says former MP

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The event at which both Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council will give updates on development around the town has begun.

It was opened by former Northampton South MP Brian Binley, one of the driving forces behind the 'Northampton Alive' developments...

We wanted to prove Northampton wasn't dead so we set up Northampton Alive - Brian Binley

Councillors in South Northamptonshire will use public money to fight rail freight terminal

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

South Northamptonshire Council has voted to use £100,000 on fighting plans for a rail freight terminal which could be between Milton Malsor and Blisworth.

Rail freight

A large majority were in favour of the proposal from councillor Ann Addison even though some councillors felt it was premature as a planning application for the development has yet to be submitted.

Kettering's Wilson through to snooker World Championships

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Kyren Wilson has secured his place in snooker's World Championships at The Crucible in Sheffield, which start later this week.

Kyren Wilson
Getty Images

The 24-year-old from Kettering beat Matthew Stevens 10-6 in final qualifying.

Administrators 'cannot guarantee' no redundancies at Wellingborough's Castle theatre

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The administrators for the company that operates The Castle theatre in Wellingborough says there are "no immediate plans for redundancies" among the 38 members of staff but also says "sadly, this cannot be guaranteed".

Castle theatre

At the end of March Wellingborough Borough Council terminated The Castle (Wellingborough) Limited's contract to operate the venue because of poor financial management.

Administrators PBC Business Recovery & Insolvency say there is a £500,000 pension shortfall and that this the biggest outstanding liability.

'Northampton Alive' event at Franklin's Gardens to announce developments, but also delays

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

People are gathering at the home of Northampton Saints, Franklin's Gardens, to hear about new, current, and completed developments in Northampton.

Northampton Alive

Throughout the day we'll be taking a look at some of the developments in Northampton, from the borough council and others, and when they might be completed.

Sport headlines: Wilson through to snooker World Championships...Saints win Mobbs Memorial match

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Here are your sport headlines this morning:

  • Kettering's Kyren Wilson has booked his place in the snooker World Championship at The Crucible in Sheffield, which starts on Saturday
  • Northampton Saints won the Mobbs Memorial match last night, beating the British Army 24-10
  • Corby Town look set for relegation from National League North after losing 1-0 to Bradford Park Avenue

Company which runs the Castle Theatre in Wellingborogh placed in adminstration

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The company which operates The Castle theatre in Wellingborough has been placed in administration.

Castle Theatre

It follows the recent decision by the Borough Council of Wellingborough to terminate its contract because of poor financial management. 

The administrator PBC Business Recovery & Insolvency says all performances and other community activities will, as far as possible, continue to go ahead and staff and performers will be paid through ticket sales and merchandise revenue.

Weather: Sunshine and showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Many places will be dry to start with but heavy, slow-moving showers are likely to develop more widely after midday. Some of these will be heavy with a risk of hail and thunder. 

High temperature of 15C (59F).

You can find more details on the BBC Weather website.

Headlines: New timescales for Northampton developments...Castle Theatre company in administration

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are our top stories:

  • Northampton Borough Council is announcing new timescales for some major development projects in the town
  • The company which operates The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough has been placed in administration
  • Politicians in South Northamptonshire have voted to spend £100,000 on fighting plans for a rail freight terminal in the district

Good morning and welcome to Local Live for Northamptonshire

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

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