Green Light for Town Council

A new town council for Northampton will be created on 1 April 2020 following an historic decision by Northampton Borough Council (NBC).

The new council, which is set to be the largest community-level council in England, will have its first election of councillors on 7 May 2020. Its inaugural meeting will take place on Monday 18 May 2020.

Danny Moody, Chief Executive of Northants CALC, which represents all the parish and town councils in Northamptonshire, said "This is a great day for the people of Northampton. The new town council will give them a voice when the existing borough council is dissolved to make way for the unitary council. West Northamptonshire Council (the unitary council) will be able to concentrate on strategic matters such as adult social care and highways, and the town council can concentrate on what matters most to the local community of Northampton".

There's a great deal of detail to work through over the next few months but the path is now set. NBC also made a decision to create a community council in the Kingsthorpe area and one in Far Cotton.

Almost all of rural Northamptonshire is already parished - i.e. served by a parish, town, neighbourhood or village council. The centre of Northampton has hitherto been unparished but there are already community-level councils around the centre, such as Duston Parish Council and Wootton Parish Council.

The Borough Council of Wellingborough has also made a decision to create a new town council for Wellingborough from 1 April 2020 and it is likely that Kettering and Corby will follow suit in 2021.

Posted: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:01 by Richard Walden

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