Local authority leaders and chief executives are pleased that the Government has granted an extension to the deadline for new local government proposals in Northamptonshire.
The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, has allowed a further four weeks for this preliminary work to take place.
A single proposal is expected from the eight local authorities across the county and the new submission deadline of the end of August, will allow the proposal to be worked up in more detail before going out to consultation.
A detailed project plan for the consultation that will take place is currently being developed. The intention is to run this during June and into July and the proposed activity will include telephone interviews and focus groups with a representative sample of residents, plus workshops with partners, businesses and town and parish councils.
Steven North of East Northamptonshire Council, added:
“There is understandably a lot of local interest in the plans to replace the existing councils, and various media organisations, including BBC Radio Northampton and its ‘Council Takeover’ tour bus, will be carrying out their own informal surveys, interviews and meetings.
“It will be interesting to hear people’s views but it is also important to note that we will only be able to take account of the feedback that we receive through the formal consultation process in formulating our final proposal.
“We will be publicising that process soon and encourage everyone to participate.”