Northampton Borough Council survived over 800 years of turbulence and history but sadly will be scrapped under the Conservative plans.
This has come about for only one reason. The Conservatives mismanaged the County Council which they have run since 2003 causing meltdown in services and near bankruptcy in 2018. In the end national government stepped in. It was then that both Northampton MPs came out in favour of scrapping Northampton Borough Council and merging it with neighbouring mainly rural areas. Hence bouncing us all into an arrangement that suits no one.
Plans for redeveloping the town have been delayed by years of Conservative inaction but in partnership with local businesses and the university things were beginning to come together only to be hit by Covid-19 pandemic.
Introducing and bedding down the new structures will only add more uncertainty.
To add more confusion there is to be a new Town Council for most of the town’s central area and Parish councils for other parts of the town. “The Conservatives have created a ‘dogs breakfast," said Lib Dem Cllr Brian Markham. “There’s only a few months to go and yet there is no clarity yet as to what these arrangements will cost or what services they might control. But it certainly ends 800 years of history.”