Unitary- Two Years On.
Let's turn the clock forward two years and imagine that Northampton is in a Unitary Authority with Daventry and South Northants. This is a situation forced on the majority of the population of Northampton residents, against their will.
Northampton residents will form the larger part of the population of this new Unitary.
60% of the residents in the new Unitary will live in Northampton.
The current spend per head of population in Daventry and South Northants is £310 per head of population. In Northampton it is £446. If the rate of spend in Northampton was reduced to fall in line with Daventry and South Northants the service offered to our residents would be reduced.
Northampton has the greatest income generation and the greatest income spend. Would repair to the potholes in Northampton be prioritised over the Towcester by-pass?
How does the councillor in rural Brackley relate to the homelessness and housing needs in some of our deprived communities?
Where does the democracy lie? Is it with the mainly rural South Northants and Daventry or are the people of Northampton represented fairly? Is Northampton outvoted at every move? Daventry and South Northants have no experience of working on the scale of Northampton.
How similar are the needs and demands of the residents of Daventry and South Northants to those of the residents of Northampton. What do we have in common?
Locally accountable leadership is the only way to ensure that the services are delivered to our residents and communities in the most appropriate way and give the best value.
The Deloitte Report states that a separate Unitary Northampton is the best model to secure the quality of life for local people.
The proposal of an East and West Unitary authority is a stitch up by the failed Tory County Council and the Government.
Where does the loyalty of the Town MPs sit?
Not to the people of Northampton if the Two Unitary model goes through.
We want economic self-containment, locally, responsive and accountable leadership.
If we do not fight for this Northampton Town will not forgive nor forget.