Proposals to transfer some Daventry District Council (DDC) services and land to Daventry Town Council (DTC) will be considered at a meeting next week.
Strategy Group Members will meet on Thursday evening (4 July) to discuss whether a number of DDC’s assets in Daventry town – such as local play areas and the town’s markets and cemetery – should be taken on by the Town Council.
It follows a request by DTC in the light of Government plans to replace Daventry District Council and Northamptonshire’s seven other local authorities with two new unitary councils in 2021.
DDC has now put together two packages of services and assets for possible transfer to the town council, many of which are typically run by parish councils in other areas.
The first package of proposals includes transferring Welton Road Cemetery, Daventry Market and street furniture in the town that is not County Council owned.
A second, additional package is proposed, which would only proceed if Parliament approves replacing DDC with a new West Northamptonshire unitary council.
This includes public open spaces and play areas, including New Street Recreation Ground, but would exclude Daventry and Borough Hill Country Parks, which serve the wider District. Under the proposals the new Mulberry Place public square once developed would be looked after by the Town Council, as well as the responsibility for maintaining the Holy Cross churchyard and roadside verges.
Following discussions at Strategy Group next week, councillors will then decide whether or not to proceed with the proposals at Full Council on 25 July.
Councillor David James, DDC’s Economic, Regeneration and Employment Portfolio Holder said: “With the likely reorganisation of local government on the horizon, a number of councils in Northamptonshire have been considering transferring assets and services to parish councils, which has prompted Daventry Town Council’s approach to us.
“The Town Council has cited that similar local amenities are provided by other parish councils and indicated that they would be willing and able to take them on, managing these services closer to the people of Daventry if DDC is replaced by a larger unitary covering West Northamptonshire.”
To read the full report visit https://cmis.daventrydc.gov.uk/daventry/Meetings/tabid/70/ctl/ViewMeetingPublic/mid/397/Meeting/950/Committee/2/Default.aspx