A proposal for local government reform has been agreed by East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) at a Full Council meeting on Thursday, 30 August.
Steven North, ENC Leader, said: “The case for two unitary authorities in Northamptonshire was thoroughly discussed with many councillors contributing to the debate.
“This council has much to be proud of with many achievements recognised over the years including Rushden Lakes, the Greenway and our extensive community grants. We now have an opportunity to build on this good performance with closer working opportunities and new ways to deliver the services our residents expect and deserve.”
The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has requested proposals from councils across Northamptonshire for reform of local government in the county. This follows a Best Value inspection of Northamptonshire County Council. The resulting report proposed that two new authorities be formed, one for the west of the county (Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire) and one for the north (Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough).
The Secretary of State then asked the county’s eight local authorities to explore options for reform and invited them to submit one proposal. A joint consultation was held and all eight councils are to debate the proposal before a submission is made to Government for consideration.