Councillors agreed a response to the Secretary of State’s consultation on unitary proposals for Northamptonshire at last night’s Full Council meeting (Wednesday 15th January).
After consultation with residents and businesses in Corby, the Borough Council decided back in August 2018 not to sign up to the proposals of unitary councils to be created which was submitted to the Secretary of State by the seven other Northamptonshire local authorities.
The response to the consultation reiterates the Council’s position that it continues to want to remain as distinct principal local authority, and it does not support the submission made by the other seven principal authorities in the county.
The Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said:
‘We have always been clear that we do not support the unitary proposals, we believe that there are benefits from current and future joint working arrangements that can be achieved without Unitarisation.
‘That being said if this is what is decided by the Secretary of State we will of course continue to work with the other Northamptonshire local authorities to ensure that our residents get the best possible outcome and services that they deserve. We do believe, however, that in order to achieve a successful reorganisation of this scale that the proposed vesting day of 1st April 2020 is extended and this is proposed within our response and proposed ‘Evolutionary Model’.’