14 Jan Town Council for Kettering to be established from April 2021
Councillors at Kettering Borough Council agreed to establish a town council at a full council meeting on Monday (13th January 2020).
The government has set out its intention to create two new unitary authorities in Northamptonshire with effect from April 2021, which will lead to the existing local authorities being abolished. This led the borough council to consider establishing a town council in Kettering, so that this unparished area is represented in a similar way to other towns in North Northamptonshire, once the new unitary authority is created.
Kettering Borough Council consulted on aspects of this proposal as part of a community governance review, which is a statutory process. A public consultation ran between 1st September and 31st October 2019 with more than 80% of responses in agreement that Kettering should have a town council.
Following the decision at the meeting on 13th January a re-organisation order will now be put before council on the 22nd April 2020. This will formalise the town council with elections to take place in May 2021.
Further information is available at www.kettering.gov.uk/towncouncil. Views on the draft re-organisation order are invited from anyone living or working in the area.
Cllr Russell Roberts, Leader of Kettering Borough Council, said:
“The council believes that parish councils play an important role in local democracy, both in terms of community empowerment and engagement, and the design of local services. Establishing a town council will ensure that the town of Kettering is effectively represented so that governance within the borough continues to be robust and capable of meeting future challenges.”