Corby Borough Council will decide the future governance options for the unparished area of Corby Borough at a Full Council meeting being held on Wednesday 16th January 2019.
As well as agreeing on a way forward for Corby’s response to the Secretary of State’s consultation on unitary authority proposals for Northamptonshire, councillors will also be presented with a report that looks at the potential introduction of a Town Council or Charter Trust Status.
One of the concerns expressed by members previously was the potential loss of community identity and local decision making should any unitary proposals by the Secretary of State be accepted. To assist in mitigating these concerns Full Council is due to consider future potential options.
Councillors will be asked to vote on holding a Community Governance Review that if undertaken and demonstrates public support, could see a Corby Town Council introduced. A Town Council would not have the same level of duties & responsibilities as the current Borough Council and would be subject to decisions made by any new principal authority.
Councillors will also be asked to consider Charter Trust status, which would ensure that local civic traditions are protected until the completion of any such Community Governance Review.
The Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said:
‘It is clear that councillors want to ensure that Corby’s identity and local decision making is not lost in our Borough should unitary authorities be introduced in Northamptonshire. The options that are being presented to us at Full Council on the 16th allow us to look at future governance options and consider what actions we can take now to ensure that we mitigate these concerns as much as possible.’
The full report and recommendations going to Full Council will be available on https://www.corby.gov.uk/audit-governance-committee-3 from 5pm on Monday 7th January 2019.