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Northants County Council misspent £8m of public health money

Northamptonshire County Council has misspent £8m of public health money and has now been ordered to find the funds to re-invest in services.

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County and borough councillor Mick Scrimshaw

Northants councils shake-up: Consultation ‘a farce’

A consultation exercise launched this week asking Northants residents to have their say on the future of local government in the county has been slammed by a prominent councillor.

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Northampton could see an acceleration in house building as part of a potential Growth Deal

Northampton hopes to strike Growth Deal with government for accelerated housing

Accelerated housing and investment in infrastructure will form a big part of a new Growth Deal Northampton will aim to strike with the Government.
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Northamptonshire County Council has to replenish its reserves for this financial year

Northamptonshire County Council reserve levels were 'nowhere near enough'

Northamptonshire County Council should have had financial reserves far beyond what it left itself when it had to balance its books.

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Call for Northants County Council to put library closure plans on hold

Call for Northants County Council to put library closure plans on hold

A councillor is calling for Northamptonshire County Council to put on hold plans to close 21 of its libraries until the outcomes of a judicial review are known.

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Now is the time to have your say on the re-structure of local government in Northants

Consultation on re-structure of local government in Northants starts today

Consultation on a re-structure of local government in Northamptonshire starts today (Monday), with opportunities for all residents, businesses and other stakeholders in the county to have their say.

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The price reductions were agreed at The Guildhall this week

Temporary accommodation bills slashed for homeless Northampton families

Homeless families in Northampton are set to see their bills for temporary accommodation slashed from the beginning of next month.

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Cllr Heather Smith

Plans by former Northants County Council leader for second home in her garden refused

A planning application by former leader of Northamptonshire County Council Heather Smith to build a second home in her back garden has been refused.

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One Angel Square

One Angel Square could be leased out to third parties to pay the bills for county council

Northamptonshire County Council’s new offices could be better utilised with third party tenants moving in to ‘help pay the bills’, according to the councillor responsible for finance.

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The stalled redevelopment of the Sixfields Stadium could finally get back on track.

Cabinet agrees to lease surrender to kick start Sixfields redevelopment

The stalled redevelopment of Northampton's Sixfields Stadium is set to move back on track after the regularising of a lease was agreed by cabinet on Wednesday evening.

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County Hall is set to be sold to the highest bidder. But Councillor Dennis Meredith - top left - is among many opposition councillors opposing the move. Cabinet member for finance Councillor Michael Clarke, says the sale is necessary.

Councillor vows to stage 'sit-in' at Northamptonshire County Council's former headquarters if authority sells it

Keeping County Hall open is a cost that cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council can ‘ill afford’ – according to the authority’s cabinet member for finance - but opposition members are railing against the sale.
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Start of consultation into re-structure of local government in Northants delayed

Consultation on a re-structure of local government in Northamptonshire will now start on Monday (June 18) with opportunities for all residents, businesses and other stakeholders to have their say.

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Shell can now open and supply customers with booze overnight, with the garage hoping to capture the night market of HGV drivers to keep the business viable.

Moulton garage gets the green light for booze sales despite fears of 'congregating' lorry drivers

A Moulton garage has been granted permission to sell alcohol overnight – despite the concerns of residents that it could lead to anti-social behaviour.
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Northants County Council set to abandon plans for separate children’s services organisation

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) is set to abandon plans to create a separate organisation to run its children’s services.

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Irchester library is one of the libraries at risk of closure

Under threat libraries in Northants valued at more than £3m

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) stands to make £3.25m if it sells off its libraries marked for closure.

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The county council's new headquarters at One Angel Square in Northampton

Warning over fraud at Northants County Council in coming years

Fraud at Northamptonshire County Council is ‘increasingly probable’ in the coming years, according to the authority’s internal auditor.

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A site at the old Northampton Castle where Thomas Becket was tried will be given a revamp and a new play maze as part of a development project.

Timber bridge and 'play maze' to be built at Northampton Castle Mounds site as part of tourist trail

A site at the old Northampton Castle where Thomas Becket was tried will be given a revamp and a new play maze as part of a development project.
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Cllr Heather Smith

Former Northants County Council leader in garden grabbing row

A planning refusal stopping the former leader of Northants County Council from building a second home in her back garden has been challenged by a ward councillor and will now go forward for members of her own political party to vote upon.

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Another meeting on the council's bid to recover the funds loaned to Northampton Town Football Club will be held behind closed doors.

Missing £10.25m Cobblers loan and redevelopment to be discussed at cabinet...in private

A missing £10.25m loan to the Cobblers will be discussed once again by councillors next week, but behind closed doors.

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Mark McLaughlin

More spending controls could be on the way for Northants County Council

Severe spending controls may have to be imposed for the next two years at Northamptonshire County Council, according to the authority’s finance director.

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