Abolition of the County Council
Unitary for Northampton
There is cross party support in Northampton among the Borough Councillors for a Unitary Northampton. We believe we are a big enough authority to govern our own affairs and run all our own services. We do not need a failed authority, like the county council, and failed Councillors like Cllr. Andy Mercer, telling us who should control us! The two-unitary solution to a dissolved County is one dreamt up in Westminster by out of touch Conservative MPs. It would mean Northampton going in with South Northants and Daventry. It makes no sense at all. We have a proud 828-year history. We are the largest town in the UK. We must not allow anyone to undermine that. Having some of our services provided by the county never did work for the people of Northampton.
We always had that sense of big brother looking down us, who always thought they knew best.
We need to be given the recognition we deserve of a geographical area and a local authority that can look after its own citizens. We do not want to be ruled by South Northants and I am pretty sure they don’t want us either.
Cllr. Mercer on radio Northampton offered a light touch consultation for the people of the county. This is really not good enough. The decision about reorganising the Districts and Boroughs into Unitaries is an important one that will have long lasting impacts. Consultation must be far reaching and serious. The public needs to have a say and to be heard. I urge every Northamptonian who wants Northampton to be self- governing to write to the leader of our council, Jonathan Nunn, to me as leader of the opposition and to our MPs.
Leader of the labour Opposition Northampton Borough Council.