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Ground investigations to start on Northampton's Greyfriars site

The Greyfriars site has been cleared ready for developing Credit: ITV News Anglia

The preferred developer for Northampton's Greyfriars site has begun ground investigations there.

Various checks will take place this month on the old bus station site - which was demolished last year.

Proposals include shops, restaurants, housing and a cinema. The Borough Council is expected to consider a formal agreement with the developer next year.

The Greyfriars site in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's great to see the company making a start on site investigations, which further demonstrates their confidence in taking the scheme forward. We believe the scheme will be of huge benefit to Northampton, bringing more people to live in the area, and creating some fantastic facilities which will tie it into the wider town centre."

– Council leader, Cllr Jonathan Nunn

During the next fortnight, the developer's construction partner, R G Carter, has arranged for its in-house soils investigation company to bore piles over 20-metres deep.

The soil conditions will be analysed to ensure that the scheme is designed as efficiently as possible, ensuring best value from the outset. It will also help determine the type of construction for the striking scheme.

Following our selection as the Council's partner in September, we are pleased to be making good progress on all fronts. In order to meet the delivery programme, we have commissioned Carter to carry out the technical due diligence like these soil surveys, commissioned Bidwells to coordinate the preparation of the planning application, and Peter Brett Associates to start the Highway design. This is all in tandem with documenting the legal arrangements."

– Tim Holmes, Greyfriars Quarter Developments

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MPs disappointed by 'bugged' Sports Direct meeting

MPs have said that they are disappointed after they were allegedly filmed while holding a meeting at the Sports Direct warehouse in Derbyshire.

It comes after a surprise inspection to see working practices yesterday.

Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, claims a woman planted a recording device in a room where they were having a meeting.

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Union urges Jaguar Land Rover members to accept pay deal

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The UK's largest union Unite is urging its members at car giant Jaguar Land Rover to accept what is calls an "exceptional" two-year pay deal. The union said the proposed agreement is worth 3.5%, plus a £750 bonus in year one and an inflation-proofed retail price index plus 0.5% rise in year two. Around 22,000 workers at sites in Castle Bromwich, Coventry, Halewood, Solihull and Wolverhampton will be balloted, with a "strong" recommendation to accept. Unite national officer Roger Maddison said:

"This is an exceptional pay deal for an exceptional workforce recognising their skills and continued hard work in making JLR a world-beating car maker. Many of the workers, who will enjoy this industry leading pay deal, made huge sacrifices through the tough times endured by JLR a number of years ago. It is only right that they now share in Jaguar Land Rover's continued success. Unite strongly recommends that members back their shop stewards unanimous decision to accept the pay deal."

– Unite national officer Roger Maddison.
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Campaign to re-brand Northamptonshire as top destination

A campaign's being launched to re-brand Northamptonshire as one of the country's top tourist destinations.

The region's beautiful countryside and stately homes already attract 20 million visitors a year generating around a billion pounds.

Organisers want to double that in the next five years. The man behind the campaign is James Lowther, a former advertising guru at Saatchi and Saatchi.

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