Budget Consultation

As residents will know, Desborough has been subject to very high Council Tax charges over the last three years and the Town Council now a lot of money in reserves because the money collected from our community has not been spent.

The proposals of the previous administration are largely uncosted, vague and unworkable. The Town Council has a responsibility to set a precept to cover its costs as there could be future caps placed on these by the Government. If this Town Council set an unrealistically low precept, it could cause financial problems for future Town Councils which would not be the right or proper thing to do. A 'win' now for the current Council is short-sighted, as every Councillor believes in the town, its future, and wants to do the right thing for all residents.

There is money to use sensibly but of course, this needs to be done with the town's support. This is why the Council is sending out a leaflet to all residences to start the process of discussion so that it can work towards a solution which meets the needs of the town over the next year and a half.

The Town Council realises this is a question to which there are no simple answers, but has one initial idea to present to the residents which is further explained in a leaflet. This is just the start of the process.

We know that the County Council has been trying to close our library for more than a year.

The Council wants to hear from the residents about the financial reserves it has. As starting point in that process leaflets are being delivered to every residence asking two things:

  • Do you agree that using some of the Desborough Town Council's reserves to buy the library building is a good thing?
  • Would you like to make comments and put forward any other suggestions on how this money could be used?

For further information for further information click here. Councillors will be in the Library on Gala night (6p.m. to 8p.m. on Friday 30 November 2018) to explain further.

If you want to contribute to the discussion you can:

  • Fill in the tear-off portion of the leaflet and post it in the box in the library
  • Email your response (based on the tear off portion of the leaflet)
  • Complete the online survey www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/H72563H

About Desborough

Desborough is a rapidly expanding and changing town situated in Northamptonshire, with 8045 electors (February 2016). An additional 700 homes are planned over the next few years as identified in the Rothwell & Desborough Area Action Plan 2009 produced by Kettering Borough Council. Key sites within the town have also been identified by the Borough Council for regeneration as detailed in the Desborough Urban Design Framework 2004. In addition Desborough "Greenspace" is 22 hectares of land designated as a public open space.

Desborough is one of the founding 12 members of the Charter of European Communities and through this has links with 26 other EU members. Through the Desborough and District Twinning Association the town is twinned with Neuville de Poitou in France and with Bievre in Belgium.

Desborough Town Plan

The Council has committed, on behalf of the town, to the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for Desborough. When adopted, the plan will help local people shape development within our community and establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in the town.

A draft Plan was produced and following consultation a second draft was published in July 2017. There has been no further progress with the draft plan since then although there have been some significant changes to the background situation.

The Council has therefore decided to "call in" the Plan and to disband the Neighbourhood Plan Group and to form a Working Party to review the current draft: its status, and aspirations of the current draft plan, and report the findings to the December 2018 Council meeting.

Latest News

Elections postponed until 2020

The Secretary of State for Communities, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP has announced that he proposes to delay elections in Northamptonshire due in May 2019 until May 2020. This will mean that the next elections for the Town Council will be held in May 2020.

Government Ministers are seeking evidence on proposals to shake-up the way local government operates in Northamptonshire as part of a public consultation launched on 29 November 2018. More »

Communities Secretary the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said:

"I'm determined to ensure the people of Northamptonshire receive the very best public services from local authorities which are well-connected, make best use of public funds and give people more choice over how their communities are run.

"I look forward to hearing views on the proposals from the people of Northamptonshire."

Details of the Government's consultation are here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/the-proposed-reorganisation-of-local-government-in-northamptonshire » Less

Posted: Fri, 30 Nov 2018 09:37 by Graham

Autumn 2018 update - reserves consultation

The Council is consulting on a proposal to use some of its reserves to buy the library building. Further details are on the home page of the Council's website and FAQs are here.

Posted: Mon, 26 Nov 2018 17:27 by Graham

Arthingworth Road Closure

Northamptonshire Highways will be carrying out carriageway repairs on a section of Arthingworth Road and will have to close the road for up to two days from 12 November 2018 between 9 am and 3.30 pm.

A plan showing the closure and diversion can be viewed here https://roadworks.org?tm=109527240

Posted: Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:50 by Graham