Councillors at the Borough Council of Wellingborough (BCW) unanimously agreed to establish a town council at a full council meeting on Tuesday (27 November).
Currently, the town of Wellingborough has no local government representation at a parish level. With expected changes to local governance in Northamptonshire, BCW carried out a community governance review (CGR) with a view to form a town council for Wellingborough.
A public consultation was carried out between 23 July and 23 October. More than 80% of responses were in agreement that Wellingborough should have a town council.
The council believes that parish councils play an important role in local democracy, both in terms of community empowerment and engagement, and the delivery of local services. The establishment of the town council will ensure that the town of Wellingborough is effectively represented so that governance within the borough continues to be robust and capable of meeting future challenges.
Following the decision at the meeting on 27 November, a re-organisation order will now be put before council on 22 January 2019, which will formalise the town council and establish the date for the first elections.
Leader of the council, Cllr Martin Griffiths, said: “With potential changes to local governance in Northamptonshire, it is essential that all of our residents’ views are paramount and the establishment of a town council will ensure that the town is effectively represented and that civic pride in our community is maintained.
“We look forward to continuing to work with residents to ensure their views are heard, local democracy is upheld and that we continue to provide high-quality value for money services.”