Unitary authority proposal for Northamptonshire

Proposals have been put forward for Northamptonshire to become unitary authority, which would give the county more power…

Local government officials in Northamptonshire are seeking to increase the region’s power by moving to unitary authority status.

The proposal, which is supported by all the main parties in the county, would remove the county council, bringing the area under the borough council instead.

Currently, the borough council oversees housing, waste collection, and car park management, while the county council looks after highways, adult social care, and education.

Northampton Borough Council’s Labour leader Danielle Stone said: “We’re big enough, we’re wise enough, we can do the job ourselves very well.”

East Anglia already boasts a number of unitary authorities, including Bedford and Peterborough. Both had smaller populations at the time they took control than Northampton currently has.

South Northamptonshire District Council also suggested it was looking to become a unitary authority and was considering joining forces with parts of Oxfordshire to do so.

While the plans have been favoured by MPs, as well as the district and borough councils, the county council expressed it was not happy with the plans and did not support it.

Deputy Leader of Northamptonshire County Council Heather Smith said: “It’s time we got an independent in to analyse all of the different proposals, and that it all gets costed.

“Before we all get into any arguments, we can just have a look at what the options might be and say ‘what is the most cost effective for the tax payers of Northamptonshire?’”


  1. Why give more power (and by association money) to a County Council who have shown no ability to manage its own affairs effectively – one only has to drive along the 20 mile linear rubbish dump of the A14 at the same time avoiding all the potholes to be aware of the inadequate service being delivered. Devolution meant giving power to the lowest common denominator and 7 district authorities do just that, are effecient and effective and provide their comminities with accountable local government.


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