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Daventry Lib Dems ‘say no to West Northamptonshire’

January 20, 2019 3:20 PM
By Alan Knape
Originally published by Daventry Liberal Democrats

Daventry Liberal Democrats responded to the latest consultation on the proposed reorganisation of Northamptonshire stating they are against a unitary authority which merges the town of Northampton with our rural district.

"Locally and nationally the Lib Dems support the move to unitary councils as it makes local government easier to access and avoids costly duplication of responsibilities". said Local party Chair Alan Knape. "However, these proposals 'take the local out of local government'. How can it make sense to create a 'super-sized' council by combine a large town such as Northampton with two rural districts of Daventry and South Northants? Proposed New Arrangements

"The council would have a majority of councillors representing Northampton who would undoubtedly put a priority on the needs of the Northampton above those of our area".

"We need a new council which covers an area of credible geography to use the words of the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. Before the inspection of Northamptonshire County Council the Districts and Boroughs commissioned a report which agreed to this, why has their stance changed?"

"The government seems fixated on having a population over 300,000 for new unitary councils but of the existing 55 unitary authorities in the country only 11 are above this figure. I hope that the government will listen to us and all the other parties who have stated they are against the unhappy marriage of Northampton to Daventry and South Northants".