Higham Ferrers Town Council

Serving the people of Higham Ferrers

CllrReavey

Clerk: Mrs Sandra Mitcham
The Town Hall, Market Square
Higham Ferrers
Northamptonshire NN10 8BT

Tel: 01933 312075

Local government in Northamptonshire is facing its biggest change in over 40 years.

The eight existing councils - Wellingborough, Corby, Daventry, East Northants, Kettering, Northampton, Northamptonshire County and South Northants - will be replaced with two brand new unitary councils.

Government legislation has now been passed to create a new West Northamptonshire unitary council serving the areas of Daventry District, Northampton and South Northants, and a new North Northamptonshire unitary authority serving Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby and East Northants. These two new councils will start providing services to the residents and businesses of Northamptonshire on 1 April 2021.

Higham Ferrers Town Council will continue on as normal and our duties will remain unchanged, but we will report to the new North Northamptonshire Unitary Council.

On 7 May this year residents in Northamptonshire were to vote for the councillors who will serve on the new unitary authorities.

The Government announced on Friday 13 March 2020 that the local elections scheduled for 7 May 2020 have been postponed for a year until May 2021, due to the current situation around COVID-19. The necessary legislation following the postponement will come into force on the 8 May of this year.

Why are changes being made?

The existing eight councils are working together on preparations to create the two new councils. The new unitary councils will be responsible for all public services provided to residents in their areas - currently these are split between the district and borough councils and the county council, which can seem fragmented to residents, as well being more costly to deliver in some cases.

Joining these services up in a unitary system will provide more efficient service delivery for our residents and businesses, with considerable opportunities to develop and transform services to improve outcomes and increase value for money.

The plans also include joining up frontline NHS and council services for residents and creating a Children's Service Trust that will act on behalf of the two new unitary councils to provide vital services for youngsters countywide.

What are the next steps?

Now that Government approval has been given, the next stage will be to set up two new councils to lead the work.

Elections will now take place Thursday 6 May 2021 where you will be able to vote for the councillors that sit on these new councils. The West and North councils will run alongside the county, district and boroughs until the existing councils are abolished 1 April 2021.

The Councillors elected by residents to these councils will automatically become the elected members of the new unitary authorities.

New information will be added to the below website regularly so do check in for the latest updates.

Future Northants North:

You can find more on the unitary process at www.futurenorthantsnorth.org

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