Press Release June 4th
This evening Northampton Borough Council will seek to reverse Borough policy on Unitary status for Northampton.
In January 2017 a cross party motion committed the Borough to campaigning for a Unitary Northampton. This follows the 828 years of history since we received the Royal Charter, most of which time, Northampton has been self-governing.
Cllr. Danielle Stone, (Labour, Castle), says, “The Government is abolishing the failed, Conservative, County Council and is trying to force Northampton to become part of West Northamptonshire along with South Northamptonshire and Daventry.
This means that at one stroke of the pen they get rid of two failed Conservative Authorities, The County Council and the Borough Council!
We shouldn’t let this happen to Northampton. We are a large and growing town. We are perfectly capable of governing ourselves. The failed Tory administration at the Borough should, in my view, be replaced with a Labour administration at local elections next year.
What the Government is planning to do is reward Tory failure by creating a new authority with a bias towards the Torys. They are allowing the architects of the failure at both authorities to stay in place and to go for election for West Northants. This is utterly disgraceful.
We need a fresh start for Northampton. We should be self-governing and there should be local elections in 2019”.