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'We will be at the table - not on the menu': Unison says Northamptonshire council employees will be part of unitary negotiations

The chief of a public sector union looking after 7,000 workers in the county vowed "we will have a seat at the table" in Northamptonshire's unitary authority negotiations.
The cabinet meeting is set to take place at the Guildhall next Wednesday.

Council says individuals' 'financial affairs' will be discussed in private Cobblers loan meeting

Northampton council chiefs will likely hold an update on the Sixfields loan recovery in private because it will touch up on the "financial affairs of named individuals".
Fr Oliver Coss has called for 'bigots' to cease their abuse of county council staff.

'Abuse of council staff must stop' pleads Northampton rector after reports of food throwing incident in McDonald's

The rector of Northampton's All Saints Church has called for order after hearing reports of Northamptonshire County Council staff being "abused in the streets" over the authority's financial predicament.
Chris Millar

'I want a unitary for rural areas': Daventry council leader not keen on joining with Northampton's urban administration

Daventry District Council's leader does not want to see his rural local authority joined to Northampton Borough in a new unitary model, as per the Government's advice.
Northampton Borough Council launched a bid to recover the money it loaned to the Cobblers in 2015, but it is not yet known whether the authority has been successful.

'Hold Cobblers loan update in public' urge Northampton politicians

Council chiefs at the Guildhall are being urged to hold an update on the £10.25 million Cobblers loan recovery in public after applying to hold a part of a meeting behind closed doors.
One Angel Square

Northamptonshire County Council make £11m profit on HQ after selling it to asset management firm

Northamptonshire County Council's One Angel Square headquarters have been sold to a UK asset management firm for £64m, £11m more than what it cost to build.
Corby Council leader Tom Beattie

Corby Council leader: We don’t want unitary authority here

Corby Council leader Tom Beattie has publicly declared his opposition to the Government’s proposal to scrap the authority and merge it with three other councils.

Cllr Ian McCord (left) congratulates Jon Riley on his victory in the Middleton Cheney by-election NNL-180413-113748001

Conservatives retain Middleton Cheney seat after by-election

A 20-year-old Conservative Party candidate is the newest member of South Northamptonshire Council after winning the Middleton Cheney by-election yesterday (Thursday, April 12).

A council spokesman said the authority would be defending the legal challenges.

Fight to save Northamptonshire libraries taken to High Court after young girl's plea

The fight to save 21 Northamptonshire libraries has reached the High Court after a young girl applied for a judicial review against the county council.

The John Greenwood Shipman Centre offers short break care for disabled children and young people.

Parents worried as specialist Northampton respite care centre faces uncertain future

The parents who use a specialist Northampton respite care centre for children are worried the service may come to an end after a 32 per cent reduction in funding.

An artist's impression of the new school in Barrack Road, Northampton

Multi-million-pound school building project in Northampton hailed a ‘dog’s dinner’ as it goes £11.4m over budget

A new school heralded as one of Northampton’s key regeneration projects has gone £11.4m over budget and a broke county council  is having to pick up the tab to make sure it opens in time.

Cllr Nazim Choudary

Northampton's new deputy mayor to 'bring energy of youth' to role

Northampton's new deputy mayor says he will bring the "energy of youth" to the role after being selected this week.
The FBU says it cannot support commissioner Stephen Mold's takeover of the fire service budget.

Firefighters' union condemns police commissioner's takeover of Northamptonshire's fire service

The police commissioner's takeover of Northamptonshire's fire brigade budget is a threat to the 'neutrality' of the service, a union has claimed.

County Hall in Northampton

New Northants County Council chief executive’s experience questioned

The appointment of the new chief executive officer at under-threat Northamptonshire County Council has been questioned by councillors.

Police officers removing files from Sixfields in November, 2015. Since a civil battle was launched two-and-a-half years ago, no funds have been recovered.

Update on Northampton Town £10.25m loan recovery could be held behind closed doors

A meeting to discuss Northampton Borough Council's attempted recovery of the £10.25 million loaned to the Cobblers is likely to be held behind closed doors.
Above, campaigners in St James have been calling for a link road for seven years. The proposed route, below, has now been given the go-ahead.

Green light given to traffic-easing St James link road after seven years of debate

Long-awaited plans to build a relief road over a disused railway line in St James have been given the go-ahead despite protests from a group who wanted to see the line restored.
Sajid Javid

Northamptonshire voluntary sector campaigners write to Sajid Javid demanding to be heard

A new campaign group has written to Sajid Javid to ask for Northamptonshire's voluntary sector to be listened to when commissioners take over the county council.

Sugar tax war: Tesco, Asda and Morrisons gear up for soft drinks battle ahead of Friday’s levy

Tesco, Asda and Morrisons have all reduced the amount of sugar in their own-label soft drinks prior to the introduction of the so-called “sugar tax” this week.


GALLERY: Northampton’s gender pay gap revealed

Companies in Northampton with more than 250 employees have revealed the difference in pay between men and women, following last night’s deadline.

Councillor Jane Birch, left has supported plans for a neighbourhood plans in Queen's Park.

Northampton neighbourhood plan concerns are 'speculative' and 'misguided' says council

Plans to designate an area of Trinity, Kingsthorpe and Semilong as suitable for a neighbourhood plan are set to get the go-ahead this week despite concerns from several residents.
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