Fate of Northampton Town to be debated at special borough council meeting

Flags on the East Stand. NNL-151027-151356009
Flags on the East Stand. NNL-151027-151356009

A special meeting will be held tonight to debate how Northampton Borough Council can help save Northampton Town.

The meeting, which has been given 30 minutes on the agenda, has been called by the Labour Group on the council. It will take place at 6pm at The Guildhall and the public can attend.

It will be heard before tonight’s normal full council meeting, It will be the last full council meeting before the November 16 deadline that the club has to pay its outstanding tax bill. It is also the last time the council could discuss any potential takeover proposals of the club.

Labour group leader, Councillor Danielle Stone, said: “We have asked for a special full council meeting.

“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.”

The Labour Group has also called a second special meeting after the HMRC hearing on November 16.

“The first meeting is to express our commitment to local football and supporters and then a second to learn the hard lessons,” Councillor Stone added.