North Northamptonshire
Kettering, the district's second largest town
Kettering, the district's second largest town
North Northamptonshire shown within Northamptonshire
North Northamptonshire shown within Northamptonshire
Coordinates: 52°24′00″N 0°43′41″W / 52.400°N 0.728°W / 52.400; -0.728
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
CountryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Ceremonial countyNorthamptonshire
Incorporated1 April 2021
Administrative HQCorby Cube
Government
 • TypeUnitary authority with leader and cabinet
 • BodyNorth Northamptonshire Council
 • ControlConservative
 • LeaderJason Smithers (C)
 • ChairBarbara Jenney
 • Chief ExecutiveAdele Wylie
 • House of Commons
Area
 • Total381 sq mi (987 km2)
 • Rank25th
Population
 (2022)[3]
 • Total363,408
 • Rank23rd
 • Density950/sq mi (368/km2)
Ethnicity (2021)
 • Ethnic groups
List
Religion (2021)
 • Religion
List
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
Postcode area
Dialling codes
  • 01536
  • 01933
ISO 3166 codeGB-NNH
GSS codeE06000061
ITL codeTLF25
GVA2021 estimate[5]
 • Total£7.4 billion
 • Per capita£20,612
GDP (nominal)2021 estimate[5]
 • Total£8.5 billion
 • Per capita£23,536
Websitenorthnorthants.gov.uk

North Northamptonshire is one of two local government districts in Northamptonshire, England. It is a unitary authority area forming about one half of the ceremonial county of Northamptonshire. It was created in 2021.[6] Its council is based in Corby, the district's largest town. Other notable towns are Kettering, Wellingborough, Rushden, Raunds, Desborough, Rothwell, Irthlingborough, Thrapston and Oundle.

It has a string of lakes along the Nene Valley Conservation Park, associated heritage railway, the village of Fotheringhay which has tombs of the House of York as well as a towering church supported by flying buttresses. This division has a well-preserved medieval castle in private hands next to Corby – Rockingham Castle – and about 20 other notable country houses, many of which have visitor gardens or days.

History

North Northamptonshire was created on 1 April 2021 by the merger of the four non-metropolitan districts of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, and Wellingborough. It absorbed the functions of these districts, plus those of the abolished Northamptonshire County Council.

In March 2018, following financial and cultural mismanagement by the cabinet and officers at Northamptonshire County Council, the then Secretary of State for Local Government, Sajid Javid, sent commissioner Max Caller into the council, who recommended the county council and all-district and borough councils in the county be abolished, and replaced by two unitary authorities, one covering the West, and one the North of the county.[7] These proposals were approved in April 2019. It meant that the districts of Daventry, Northampton, and South Northamptonshire were merged to form a new unitary authority called West Northamptonshire, whilst the second unitary authority North Northamptonshire consists of the former Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, and Wellingborough districts.[8][9]

The Council logo depicts Rockingham Castle, the River Welland and a Red kite - a bird of prey that has become strongly associated with the county of Northamptonshire and is particularly commonplace in the north-eastern parts of the county around Corby and Rockingham Forest.[10]

Governance

North Northamptonshire Council
Logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Barbara Jenney,
Conservative
since 25 May 2023[11]
Jason Smithers,
Conservative
since 26 May 2021[12]
Adele Wylie
since 27 January 2024[13]
Structure
Political groups
Administration (53)
  Conservative (53)
Other parties (25)
  Labour (17)[14]
  Green (3)
  Independent (4)
  Liberal Democrats (1)
Elections
Last election
6 May 2021
Next election
1 May 2025
Meeting place

The Cube, George Street, Corby, NN17 1QG[15]
Website
www.northnorthants.gov.uk
Corby, the administrative centre and largest settlement in North Northamptonshire

North Northamptonshire Council provides both county-level and district-level services. The whole area is also covered by civil parishes, which form a second tier of local government.[16]

Political control

Since its creation in 2021, the Conservatives have held a majority of the seats on the council:

Party in control Years
Conservative 2021–present

Leadership

The leader of the council from its first meeting following its creation in 2021 has been:

Councillor Party Councillors From To
Jason Smithers Conservative 52 26 May 2021

Russell Roberts, outgoing leader of the old Kettering Borough Council, had served as leader of the shadow authority set up to oversee the transition to the new arrangements.[17]

Matt Keane Is leader of the Labour Group, Emily Fedorowycz is leader of the Green Alliance and Cedwien Brown is Leader of The Independent Alliance

Councillor Party Councillors From To
Matt Keane Labour 17 25 May 2023
Emily Fedorowycz Green 4 (alliance Group) 26 May 2021
Cedwien Brown Independent 4 (alliance Group) 7 March 2024

Composition

As at March 2024, the composition of the council was:

Party Councillors
Conservative 52
Labour 17
Green 3
Independent 4
Liberal Democrats 1
Vacant 1
Total 78

Elections

See also: 2021 North Northamptonshire Council election

Elections for a shadow authority were due to be held on Thursday 7 May 2020, but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These elections were instead held on 6 May 2021 and the Conservatives won a majority of seats. The Council comprises 78 councillors elected across 26 wards.

Premises

The council inherited four sets of offices from the predecessor authorities, being the Corby Cube, the Kettering Municipal Offices, Swanspool House in Wellingborough, and the old East Northamptonshire District Council offices on Cedar Drive in Thrapston. The Corby Cube was chosen as the main meeting place.[15] The other buildings serve as area offices.[18][19]

Settlements and parishes

See also: List of civil parishes in Northamptonshire

The parish councils for Burton Latimer, Corby, Desborough, Finedon, Higham Ferrers, Irthlingborough, Kettering, Oundle, Raunds, Rothwell, Rushden, Thrapston and Wellingborough have declared their parishes to be towns, allowing them to take the style "town council".[20]

Population pyramid of North Northamptonshire
Wellingborough, the third-largest settlement in North Northamptonshire
Rushden, the fourth-largest settlement in North Northamptonshire

Media

In terms of television, the area is served by BBC East and ITV Anglia which broadcast from the Sandy Heath transmitter.[21] The Waltham transmitter can also be received which broadcast BBC East Midlands and ITV Central programmes. [22]

Radio stations for the area are:

North Northamptonshire is served by the following local newspapers: Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph and Northampton Chronicle and Echo.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Councillors and democratic information". North Northamptonshire Council. Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  2. ^ "Mid-Year Population Estimates, UK, June 2022". Office for National Statistics. 26 March 2024. Retrieved 3 May 2024.
  3. ^ "Mid-Year Population Estimates, UK, June 2022". Office for National Statistics. 26 March 2024. Retrieved 3 May 2024.
  4. ^ a b UK Census (2021). "2021 Census Area Profile – North Northamptonshire Local Authority (E06000061)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  5. ^ a b Fenton, Trevor (25 April 2023). "Regional gross domestic product: local authorities". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  6. ^ "North Northamptonshire shadow unitary council 'in place next year'". BBC News. 20 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Northamptonshire County Council: statement". Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Northamptonshire: Unitary authorities plan approved". BBC News. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  9. ^ "AT LAST! Northamptonshire's new unitary councils are made law by parliament". Northampton Chronicle. 14 February 2020. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  10. ^ "The peculiar case of Corby's dive-bombing birds" – via www.northantstelegraph.co.uk.
  11. ^ "Council minutes, 25 May 2023". North Northamptonshire Council. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  12. ^ "Council minutes, 26 May 2021". North Northamptonshire Council. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  13. ^ "Council appoints new Chief Executive". North Northamptonshire Council. 8 December 2023. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  14. ^ "Long-standing Corby Tory quits party, fires parting shot, and crosses floor to join Labour". Northamptonshire Telegraph. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  15. ^ a b "Corby Cube set to become North Northamptonshire Council headquarters". Northamptonshire Telegraph. 23 September 2021. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  16. ^ "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 12 December 2023.
  17. ^ Ward, Sarah (16 April 2020). "Government appoints Kettering Council leader to head up new unitary council". Northamptonshire Telegraph. Retrieved 12 December 2023.
  18. ^ "Corby Cube set to become North Northamptonshire Council headquarters". Northamptonshire Telegraph. 23 September 2021. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  19. ^ "Visiting the council and our addresses". North Northamptonshire Council. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  20. ^ "Parish council contact details". North Northamptonshire Council. Retrieved 12 December 2023.
  21. ^ "Full Freeview on the Sandy Heath (Central Bedfordshire, England) transmitter". UK Free TV. 1 May 2004. Retrieved 13 April 2024.
  22. ^ "Full Freeview on the Waltham (Leicestershire, England) transmitter". UK Free TV. 1 May 2004. Retrieved 13 April 2024.