Consultation on the draft proposals

Due to widely expected changes to local governance in Northamptonshire, the council decided on 16 May 2018 to commence a community governance review (CGR) of the unparished areas of the borough. Currently this comprises the town of Wellingborough, which has no local government representation at parish level. The council will also consider some of the boundaries with surrounding parishes as a part of the review.

The council believes that parish councils play an important role in local democracy, both in terms of community empowerment and engagement, and the delivery of local services. This review aims to ensure that each community in the borough, including the town of Wellingborough itself, is effectively represented so that governance within the borough continues to be robust and capable of meeting future challenges. 

At the full council meeting on Tuesday 17 July 2018, members of Borough Council of Wellingborough discussed and agreed draft proposals for the formation of a parish council for the area of Wellingborough town. Parish councils can also be referred to as town councils and Council has recommended that the new parish council will be called Wellingborough Town Council. 

Between 23 July and 23 October 2018 the council are undertaking a consultation to request the views of local residents and organisations on the draft proposals. All the consultation responses will then be used to help form final recommendations, which will be submitted to Council for discussion on 27 November 2018.