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Councillor Dennis Meredith appointed as Northampton's 782nd Mayor

On Monday 16th May 2022, Northampton Town Council held its second Annual Council Meeting - also known as the Mayor Making Ceremony. During the ceremony, a word of gratitude was extended to outgoing Mayor, Councillor Rufia Ashraf, for an outstanding year.

Councillor Dennis Meredith will assume the title of Town Mayor, appointing his wife Rona Meredith as his Mayoress. Cllr Steven Hibbert will assume the role of Deputy Mayor. It was also decided at the meeting which councillors will serve on the various committees and sub committees that manage the Council's business.

Cllr. Dennis Meredith, the 782nd Mayor of Northampton, was born in Islington and moved to Northampton in 1972, where he has been proud to call home ever since. Himself and his Mayoress, Rona, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last year. Throughout the 50 years they have shared, they have enjoyed two children and now, two grandchildren.

Previously, Cllr Meredith worked as a care taker for Lings Primary School for 32 years, before retiring from his position in 2007. Two years later, he became a Councillor for both Northampton Borough and the County Council. During his political career, Cllr Meredith has been responsible for setting up youth clubs and residents associations across Northampton. He currently serves on West Northamptonshire Unitary Council for the Liberal Democrats, where he was previously the Deputy Leader, as well as, representing the party on Northampton Town Council.

Cllr Meredith is an avid gardener with a passion for his allotment – he campaigned tirelessly in his ward for allotment space and is always keen to support those with green fingers.

Cllr. Meredith's chosen charities are St Vincent De Paul and Army Benevolent Fund - the Soldiers Charity. Both do fantastic work nationwide and locally - tackling issues such as loneliness and supporting veterans, as well as, serving military personnel.

You can book Cllr. Meredith for an engagement here.


A New Town Council for Northampton!

Northampton's new Town Council has been fully operational from Thursday 1st April, with a new, dedicated team of five staff. All statutory services previously provided by Northampton Borough Council will now be delivered by the new West Northants Council. The first elected town councillors took up their roles as the democratic voice of all the town's communities, following the elections of the 6th May.

The Council is based at the historic Guildhall. You can contact us between the hours of 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday by telephone on 01604 349310or by email at info@northamptontowncouncil.gov.uk

Why?

Local Government in Northamptonshire has changed. All existing boroughs, districts and the county council have been replaced by two new unitary councils: North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire which will include the current Borough of Northampton.

This would leave a large area of the Borough, not currently covered by a parish council, without direct representation. The Borough Council, following an extensive public consultation in 2019, agreed to the creation of the a new Town Council as well as a Kingsthorpe Parish Council and a Far Cotton and Delapré Community Council.

What will it do?

The main function of the Town Council is to give a democratically elected voice to the people of the Northampton on the key issues facing the town. It will also ensure that the town's rich heritage and traditions will be protected and enhanced as well as providing a range of local services.

Who is running the Council?

There are 25 councillors representing 21 Wards (or electoral areas). You can find your local Councillor here. A list of Wards can be found here.

The secretariat to the Town Council is being provided by the Northants County Association of Local Councils. The Town Clerk is Stuart Carter. See below for their contact details.

The Town Mayor

After Northampton Borough Council ceased to exist in April 2021, the Chairman and Deputy Chairman are styled as the Town Mayor, Cllr. Rufia Ashraf and Deputy Town Mayor, Cllr. Dennis Meredith, so continuing Northampton's proud tradition of centuries with a Mayor as its first citizen.

The Wards

The Town Council is serving only part of the areas previously falling within the area of the Borough Council. The rest of the population is served by 12 parish councils whose contact details can be found here.

A map showing the new wards and surrounding parishes can be found here

A list of wards covered by Northampton Town Council can be found here


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