Politicians call for second special meeting to learn ‘hard lessons’ from Northampton Town crisis

Two special meetings are being called for at Northampton Borough Council, after a company owned by Cobblers chairman David Cardoza was wound up at a court case in Birmingham today.
Two special meetings are being called for at Northampton Borough Council, after a company owned by Cobblers chairman David Cardoza was wound up at a court case in Birmingham today.

Calls are being made to Northampton’s mayor to hold two special council meetings to discuss the crisis at Northampton Town Football Club.

Earlier this month the borough council’s opposition Labour group said it would call for councillors to hold a summit if Cobblers did not repay the £10.25 million loan it borrowed from the authority in 2013 to complete a stadium redevelopment.

However, with the amount not repaid, the opposition party says the situation has become more complex in the past fortnight after HMRC issued a winding up petition against the Cobblers for unpaid taxes.

The implications of a court case in Birmingham today, in which a David Cardoza-owned company with rights to develop the land around Sixfields was wound up for not clearing its £3-million debts, are also not fully known at this stage.

As a result, the Labour group is proposing to hold two special council meetings, one on November, 2, and another after November 16 - the date the winding up petition against Northampton Town is set to be heard at the High Court.

The group is understood to have asked the mayor of Northampton Borough Council, Councillor Penny Flavell, (Con, Rushmills) to call the special meeting.

Labour group leader, Councillor Danielle Stone, said: “We have asked for a special full council meeting on Monday, November 2, at 6pm.

“The purpose of this meeting will be to show solidarity with the supporters’ trust and ask the borough council to do whatever realistically it can to help.

“We must also retrieve this £10.25 million of public money in due course.”

Councillor Stone said the borough council needed to learn lessons from the saga at Sixfields.

“However, this can only be done once we have steered ourselves out of this crisis,” she added.

“At present the focus must exclusively be in sorting out the current situation but once this is over we must then ask the hard questions.

“For this reason I am minded to call for two special council meetings.

“First is to express our commitment to local football and supporters and then a second to learn the hard lessons.”