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Northamptonshire councils given extra year to perfect new structure

Northamptonshire councils given extra year to perfect new structure

Councils in Northamptonshire have been given an extra year to prepare for the biggest shake-up of local government since the 1970s.

Today, James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) gave his thumbs up to proposals which will see the number of councils providing services to the district reduced from eight to two.South Northamptonshire Council (SNC), Daventry District Council, Northampton Borough Council and (half of) Northants County Council will form a new authority serving the west of the county. It will now take charge in April 2021 rather than 2020 as originally proposed.Cllr Ian McCord, Leader of SNC said: "I welcome the decision from Government at long last."Ministers have taken twice as long to read and decide on the proposal as they gave us to put the bid together."The election of the shadow council and a 2021 start date was something I asked MHCLG to consider a year ago, so I cannot now claim disappointment."We will now use the time wisely to prepare the four councils for the new unitary structure in the West."Our experience with Cherwell and South Northants integration tells us that the best way to do this is by bringing everyone with you."We have been developing a plan for this scenario over the past few weeks and we will be ready."We now must seize the opportunities that a new council will present to us."The reasons for this decision are well known and today is about looking forward and ensuring that our residents get the best possible local government available."The announcement includes confirmation that the elections to run the new bodies will take place in May 2020, alongside the delayed Parish and Town Council elections. Those elected in 2020 will form the Shadow Authority for its final year of planning, and then move over to run the new council proper.The announcement also paves the way for Kettering Borough Council, The Borough Council of Wellingborough, East Northants Council, Corby Borough Council and (the other half of) Northants County Council to form a new local authority serving the north of the county.The formation of the authorities is still subject to Parliamentary approval. The Government will also be establishing a Children's Trust to take over responsibility for children's social care across the authority.Today's announcement also confirmed that elections for the new West Northants council (and its shadow council) will be on the basis of three members per existing County Council ward, totalling 93 across the 31 Wards in the West Northants area.END

Posted: Tue, 14 May 2019 16:37 by Deborah Rush

Dates for the democratic diary

Dates for the democratic diary

Residents in South Northamptonshire are being urged to take note of important deadlines ahead of the European Parliamentary Elections on Thursday, 23 May 2019.Anyone who has changed their address, name or nationality must register in order to vote and the deadline is 11:59pm on Tuesday, 7 May.Richard Ellis, Local Returning Officer for South Northamptonshire, said: "It only takes a few minutes to secure your democratic right to vote by registering online via, you just need your National Insurance Number."Those whose details have not changed since the last time they voted in an election will not need to register and will automatically receive a Polling Card.Citizens of European Union countries (other than the UK, Republic of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus) will be sent a form they must complete and returned by Tuesday, 7 May to opt in to vote in the UK rather than their home country at these elections. Forms are also available from the Your Vote Matters website - who knows they cannot get to a Polling Station on 23 May for any reason can apply to vote in advance by post or for a proxy vote where someone they trust votes on their behalf.The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday, 8 May and the deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday, 15 May. Visit - list of candidates has also been published on the council's website at -

Posted: Thu, 02 May 2019 12:46 by Deborah Rush

Cogenhoe Burglary Not Dwelling Crime Ref 19000218644

Cogenhoe Burglary Not Dwelling Crime Ref 19000218644

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding a burglary from a shed and garden on Station Road where unknown persons have accessed a property from the rear, forced the shed and taken items from within the shed as well as items from the garden.

This happened between the hours of 9pm on the 29th and 9am on the 30th April 2019.

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If so, then please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.

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Pete Firth (Police, Police Community Support Officer (C7018), Daventry & South Northants)

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Posted: Wed, 01 May 2019 15:03 by Deborah Rush

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