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Consultation on proposed changes to councils in Northamptonshire

Consultation on proposed changes to councils in Northamptonshire will now start on Monday, 18 June

Consultation on a re-structure of local government in Northamptonshire will now start on Monday, 18 June with opportunities for all residents, businesses and other stakeholders in the county to have their say. The start date has been delayed by a few days as details are still being finalised.

All eight authorities in Northamptonshire are working on a proposal for the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government that "must command a good deal of local support" and so stakeholders across the county have an opportunity to comment before a final proposal is submitted. More »

Formal consultation will run from 18 June until 22 July 2018. This is a couple of days earlier than originally planned to enable the responses to be analysed thoroughly, and still provides 5 weeks for everyone to have their say.

The Government's invitation to submit a proposal follows a Best Value Inspection on Northamptonshire County Council), which concluded that its financial, cultural and structural problems could not be solved in isolation and recommended that plans be developed for two unitary authorities.

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has asked that the eight authorities in Northamptonshire submit a proposal that meets the following criteria:

  • A single county-wide unitary council is explicitly excluded as an option
  • Each new proposed authority must have a population substantially in excess of 300,000
  • The proposal must be based on existing council boundaries.

People are being encouraged to have their say by going online to complete a questionnaire at

There they will also find a detailed consultation document that fully explains the proposal.

Paper copies of the consultation document and the questionnaire will also be available in every library and local council office from Monday, 25 June. Please check your council website for details of other venues of where and when you can pick up a copy.

A representative telephone survey will be carried out and a series of focus groups with invited residents will also take place across the county, as well as engagement with other stakeholders.

Other consultations by the local media and by individual councils may take place at the same time so it's really important that people respond to the official Local Government Reform Northamptonshire consultation being run by all eight Northamptonshire councils for their comments on the proposal to be considered.

Editor's notes

In addition to the criteria set out by the Secretary of State, Government has stated:

  • Only one proposal will be accepted, not a range of options
  • It must demonstrate clear potential for savings
  • It must command a good deal of local support
  • Due consideration should be given to recommendations in the Best Value Report
  • Any solution should prioritise the Government's wider housing and growth agenda
  • Extensive consultation must be carried out
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Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:20 by Angie Daly

Ad-hoc Maintenance Contractor

Ad-hoc Maintenance Contractor

Irthlingborough Town Council are looking to appoint a qualified contractor to undertake maintenance work for the Town Council on an ad-hoc basis.

The contractor would work under the direction of the Town Council to provide minor ad-hoc maintenance, repair and general upkeep of the grounds, buildings, play equipment, street furniture and other infrastructure for which the Town Council is responsible. More »

You must hold a full driving licence and provide a vehicle, upon which the Irthlingborough Town Council logo will be sign written.

It is expected that you will hold public liability insurance to the value of £10,000,000.

You will be required to provide evidence of Health and Safety Compliance, relevant qualifications and references to demonstrate an understanding, knowledge and experience of a wide range of traditional building trades.

Interested parties should contact the Town Clerk/Assistant Town Clerk to request an information pack
and further details.

The closing date for the return of the required documentation is 5pm on Friday 22nd June 2018.

Please email or telephone (01933) 650866. » Less

Tue, 22 May 2018 12:02 by Angie Daly

Mayor Making 2018_19

Irthlingborough Town Council are pleased to advise that at our Annual Meeting of the Town Council on Tuesday 8th May 2018 Councillor Matthew Maedge was elected Town Mayor for the 2018/19 Civic Year.

Councillor Adrian Winkle was elected as Deputy Mayor.

Any correspondence for the Town Mayor or Deputy Mayor may be sent to the Town Council offices at the following address: Council Offices, Station Road, Irthlingborough NN9 5SN. Email

Wed, 09 May 2018 15:45 by Angie Daly