Parish in Northampton says ‘cumbersome’ name is too big to fit on council tax forms

Wootton, Wootton Fields & Simpson Manor Parish Council, will have an application to change its 'cumbersome' name heard at the Guildhall on Monday.

Wootton, Wootton Fields & Simpson Manor Parish Council, will have an application to change its 'cumbersome' name heard at the Guildhall on Monday.

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A lengthily-titled parish in Northampton is asking the borough council for a name change just six months after it formed.

The former parish of Wootton and East Hunsbury was dissolved in May this year with two new parishes created Wootton, Wootton Fields and Simpson Manor; and East Hunsbury.

But the parish council of the former has now applied for a name change after claiming its new title since the split has become too “cumbersome.”

A report set to go before the full meeting of Northampton Borough Council on Monday, states the parish council there wishes to change the name to simply “Wootton Parish Council.”

“The name of Wootton, Wootton Fields and Simpson Manor, is considered to be too cumbersome,” it states.

“This has created some practical issues. For example, it is too long to fit in the space for the parish name on the Council Tax demand.”

The report adds that the current parish name of Wootton, Wootton Fields and Simpson

Manor, chaired by Councillor Liam Costello, implies there are “three distinct communities within the parish.”

It also states this name has also been considered “divisive” in the community.

This point was recognised when Northampton Borough Council considered the electoral arrangements for the parish, and for the East Hunsbury parish, in December 2012, because the report at the time said “there is no clear division of the community within the two areas, it is not recommended that either area be warded.”

“Wootton” is the historical name of the parish that served the village and legislation does not require a consultation to take place on the change of name.

The Parish Council says the public have been made aware of the request through use of the public noticeboards within the parish area and via an article in a recent edition of the local Link Magazine.