A proposal for local government reform in Northamptonshire has been agreed by Northamptonshire County Council.
At a meeting of Full Council on Tuesday, 28 August it was decided to back the proposal to form two new unitary authorities.
Cllr Matt Golby, County Council Leader, said:
“We had a thorough debate in the chamber today and heard arguments from all sides covering all aspects of the proposal. We recognise that that this is an opportunity to move forward to realise the ambitions the county has.
“A similar debate will also take place across all other districts and boroughs in Northamptonshire and we await the outcome of these debates before a final submission is made to government.”
A process for the reorganisation of local government in the county was initiated following Government inspector Max Caller’s investigation into finances at the county council.
He proposed in his Best Value Report that two new authorities be formed, one for the west of the county and one for the north.
The Secretary of State then instructed the county’s eight local authorities to explore options for reform and invited them to submit one proposal.
A joint consultation was held, focussing on the two-unitary model. The proposal is for two unitary councils:
- West Northamptonshire, comprising the current area of Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire; and
- North Northamptonshire, comprising the current areas of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough.
The seven district and borough councils in the county will now debate the proposal before a submission is made to Government for consideration.