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« on: September 01, 2016, 13:07:50 pm »

If the wänkers at the council spent as much time actually trying to do something to help the town centre as they do on putting spin on a total load of böllocks they might achieve something.

http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/special-report-northampton-town-centre-showing-signs-of-recovery-with-77-empty-shops-1-7554835
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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2016, 10:40:18 am »

They are mere amateurs at putting a spin on a total load of böllocks when reading some of our stuff on here  Tongue

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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2016, 17:05:19 pm »

What does everyone think of the proposals for the Greyfriars site?
Possibly another cinema?
Was only thinking the other day how much life there would be if NTFC or Saints played closer to the town centre?
On a larger scale St James Park and the Millenium Stadium are slap bang in the centre of their respective cities.
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2016, 20:16:00 pm »

A working, fit for purpose bus station would have been nice. One with covered access to the main shopping precinct in town.
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2016, 09:36:06 am »

A working, fit for purpose bus station would have been nice. One with covered access to the main shopping precinct in town.

What? Next you'll be asking for a fish market.
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2016, 21:35:51 pm »

What? Next you'll be asking for a fish market.
Drove from Gladstone Road opposite Oliver Adams to Cheyne Walk Hospital car park today for work (and a little home job!) with a guy from Yardley Gobion who hadn't been in Northampton "for years"
Whilst Gladstone Road is rough around the edges I think most town's have areas like this. What we commented on most was how run down the area around The Mounts, St Michaels Rd and Abington Square were. Closed down factories, wasteland created by Monkeytosh's seeming fetish for pulling buildings down and terrible grotty shops with over gaudy windows.
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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2018, 23:21:54 pm »

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x29bqmh
A sad video for those who remember some of this...
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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2019, 11:21:08 am »

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x29bqmh
A sad video for those who remember some of this...
Wow DC, just watched this. My Pap was a stagehand at the New Theatre for donkeys years. First time I have seen a real photo of it, only seen paintings before. My old dad said it was a disgrace they knocked it down and hated Primark.
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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2019, 03:39:51 am »

Has anything happened on thv Greyfriers site or is it East Stand mark 2
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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2019, 09:37:29 am »

https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/people/it-s-not-all-high-street-doom-and-gloom-as-our-northampton-shop-survey-shows-a-fall-in-to-let-signs-1-9071023

Good news or just smoke and mirrors...?
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« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2020, 13:30:27 pm »

https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/retro/buildings-are-sorely-missed-northampton-residents-3009845
Such a shame... Sad
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« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2022, 11:01:59 am »

The council are lucky they have Covid to blame for this. The truth is that the town centre is a fúcking shíthole and they are doing nothing about it.
https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/business/nearly-a-quarter-of-northampton-town-centre-shops-are-emptyand-experts-warn-things-could-get-even-worse-3543884
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« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2022, 12:59:19 pm »

The council are lucky they have Covid to blame for this. The truth is that the town centre is a fúcking shíthole and they are doing nothing about it.
https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/business/nearly-a-quarter-of-northampton-town-centre-shops-are-emptyand-experts-warn-things-could-get-even-worse-3543884

With WFH and hybrid working (accelerated years by covid) most town centre's are totally screwed, many already were.
Delivery services are booming and using grotty changing rooms, with stores not carrying the right shirt size and a snotty store assistant is quickly becoming a thing of the past.
Many grocery stores will be app based, cashless and replenished over night, the world is moving on.
Trips out will be for leisure purposes to play mini golf before a 'fast casual' restaurant meal, or £3.50 coffee. It's no coincidence that one of the busiest outlets in the entire town centre must be Nando's.

TBH I am not sure anyone could do anything to regenerate our town centre. 7 day free parking, with a £10 voucher to spend wouldn't even save it!
 
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« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2024, 14:35:02 pm »

The last man standing: Key cutter, 57, is town's last surviving market trader after a lack of shopp… https://mol.im/a/13191637 via https://dailym.ai/android
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« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2024, 16:43:54 pm »

The last man standing: Key cutter, 57, is town's last surviving market trader after a lack of shopp… https://mol.im/a/13191637 via https://dailym.ai/android

That's awful and didn't realise it was that bad. Shame on the council and wouldn't be at all surprised if the new area is a white elephant.
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« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2024, 17:12:04 pm »

That's awful and didn't realise it was that bad. Shame on the council and wouldn't be at all surprised if the new area is a white elephant.

I noticed that St Neots are doing something similar with their market square, but their surrounding town areas  didn't look anything like the desolation of the Northampton town centre.
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« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2024, 17:35:57 pm »

I noticed that St Neots are doing something similar with their market square, but their surrounding town areas  didn't look anything like the desolation of the Northampton town centre.

It's hard to judge exactly where we sit in terms of other typical town centres. Ours has felt as though it has been declining for the past 20-30+ years, I guess in line with the emergence of retail parks.
Certainly the ones I have visited seem to have the same run down and neglected vibes. Rugby doesn't feel great and visited Coventry recently which was a dive.
I love the more vibrant feeling places like Leeds (appreciate that is a big student city) and not sure how you come back with somewhere like Northampton.
I just can't imagine it as a 'destination' again, unless someone wants to visit somewhere like Nando's or Primark, or risk getting stabbed with some weekend drinking.
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« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2024, 18:09:08 pm »

It's hard to judge exactly where we sit in terms of other typical town centres. Ours has felt as though it has been declining for the past 20-30+ years, I guess in line with the emergence of retail parks.
Certainly the ones I have visited seem to have the same run down and neglected vibes. Rugby doesn't feel great and visited Coventry recently which was a dive.
I love the more vibrant feeling places like Leeds (appreciate that is a big student city) and not sure how you come back with somewhere like Northampton.
I just can't imagine it as a 'destination' again, unless someone wants to visit somewhere like Nando's or Primark, or risk getting stabbed with some weekend drinking.
It’s the decline of town centres across the country I’m afraid, and the impact of the interweb of shopping habits.
As for the council they are amateurs stealing a living.
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« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2024, 18:18:39 pm »

Maybe time to maintain the likes of the Guildhall, St Giles Street and the Derngate and level the rest of it for housing. Could be the new ‘Hunsbury’.
The likes of the shopping centre and Abington St are a waste of time.
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« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2024, 18:19:28 pm »

It's hard to judge exactly where we sit in terms of other typical town centres. Ours has felt as though it has been declining for the past 20-30+ years, I guess in line with the emergence of retail parks.
Certainly the ones I have visited seem to have the same run down and neglected vibes. Rugby doesn't feel great and visited Coventry recently which was a dive.
I love the more vibrant feeling places like Leeds (appreciate that is a big student city) and not sure how you come back with somewhere like Northampton.
I just can't imagine it as a 'destination' again, unless someone wants to visit somewhere like Nando's or Primark, or risk getting stabbed with some weekend drinking.

Mkt Harborough is not bad, well looked after and clean, parking is OK, some good pubs.
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