After holding a consultation on unitary authority proposals directly for Corby residents, Corby Borough Council has now collated all of their responses and has found an emphatic 95% are against the introduction of a Single Tier Authority.
Corby Borough Council sent out the consultation to all households throughout the Borough and also held a petition style document at the Corby Cube for individuals to have their say. The results are as follows to the following question ‘Do you want your local authority, Corby Borough Council, to be replaced with a larger authority that funds all your services and makes decisions for the whole of North Northants’:
4,435 households voted No
228 households voted Yes
Petition Style Document:
55 individuals voted No
1 individual voted Yes
These results will now be fed into the report that will be taken to Corby Borough Council’s Special Full Council on 30th August and will help inform Corby’s response to the Secretary of State. They will also be fed into the county wide consultation as a submission from Corby.
Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said:
‘I made it very clear from the outset that Corby Borough Council did not willingly accept the conclusion of the Government Inspector that there should be a two unitary solution. I also stated that I would ensure the people of Corby had the opportunity to have their say before any response was made.
‘We are very pleased that the people of Corby have taken advantage of this opportunity through what has been a very successful consultation process. The results here in Corby are very clear and this will now help inform our response to the Secretary of State.
‘We would like to thank every household and individual for taking time to have their say on this very important issue.’
Corby’s consultation was held in addition to the county wide consultation that all Northamptonshire authorities are a part of. The county wide consultation results are expected to be released soon.