Milestone Meeting Marks Next Chapter For New Council
Written by Chris Harris on June 4, 2020
Councillors in West Northamptonshire have the chance to work together on a ‘fresh start and bright future’ for residents as part of the new shadow authority which met last night.
The call came from its newly-appointed Leader Councillor Ian McCord who addressed Members at the first meeting of the West Northamptonshire Shadow Authority, which has been set up to lead work to create the new unitary council on 1 April next year.
Councillors from Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire and the county council’s western areas took up their seats as new Shadow members to decide a range of key issues at the online session.
Speaking to fellow Members at the meeting, Cllr McCord said: “Making this change to a West Northamptonshire unitary council has one purpose – to give local people and local government a fresh start and a bright future. Whatever party we belong to, let’s all sit on the same side of the table and solve the problem together. We have just one chance and little time to get it right.”
At the meeting, councillors approved a series of interim senior officers, required by law, to steer forward preparations for the new council until permanent positions are filled later this year.
George Candler, Chief Executive of Northampton Borough Council, has been appointed Interim Chief Executive, with Susan Zeiss, General Counsel at Northamptonshire County Council, Interim Monitoring Officer and Martin Henry, Executive Director for Finance at South Northamptonshire Council, as Interim Chief Finance Officer.
Councillors also agreed the shadow authority’s Constitution – the legal framework which sets out how it will be run and do business – along with the Code of Conduct for the 132 Members that sit on the Shadow. They also received and endorsed the membership of the authority’s new Shadow Executive, which will head up the authority’s preparations for the new Council, and decided the membership of other shadow committees for Overview and Scrutiny, Standards and Senior Appointments.
The West Northants Shadow Executive is set to hold its first meeting online next Tuesday, 9th June, with the agenda available to view here.