In the future it will be more important than ever that Desborough has effective representatives to ensure that we get our fair share of available resources and the services we need. Andy Coleman, Phil Sawford & Yvonne Scarrott
What we had
In the Borough of Kettering Desborough was the second largest community but local residents felt that, in recent years, the town had not received its fair share of resources.
In 2016/17 the Conservative Town Council levied a massive 422% increase in the Parish Precept and Desborough residents felt that this meant, in effect, that we would be paying twice if we wanted anything for the town.
This tax hike resulted in a public vote of ‘No confidence’, chaotic council meetings and mass resignations. The town council was clearly out of touch and it had lost the trust and respect of local residents.
What happens next ?
The new structure of local government will bring many changes. Former 3rd tier councils (Towns and Parishes) along with newly ‘Parished’ towns (Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby,) will become 2nd tier councils and will have a different role to play which could mean extra costs with no additional powers.
There are many existing anomalies in terms of what the towns and parishes do and what they pay for across the four areas (Corby, East Northants, Kettering & Wellingborough). These anomalies are already being looked at and, in order to create a ‘level playing field’, there will be a great levelling up (or levelling down).
What are they looking at? Grit bins, grass cutting, graveyards, flower beds, markets? Basically anything where in one former local authority area parishes have traditionally covered the cost and in another area they haven’t.
What will happen? It may well be that, in the very early days of the new Unitary Council, Parishes and Towns will find that they have some difficult decisions to make about local facilities and funding.
What are the implications for the ‘Parish Precept’ and your local tax? Will it go up or down?
Watch this space and remember you read it here first.
What we need
In the new structure there will be number of large towns – Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby, Rushden and a lot more medium sized towns – Finedon, Irthlingborough, Thrapston, Oundle, Rothwell, Higham Ferrers, Burton Latimer and Desborough.
In the future it will be more important than ever that Desborough has effective representatives on the Unitary Council to ensure that we get our fair share of available resources and the services we need.
The Labour Team – Andy Coleman, Phil Sawford and Yvonne Scarrott have the skills and experience to make sure that Desborough has a voice and the Town has the kind of effective representation that it deserves.