Borough Council of Wellingborough (BCW) agreed to adopt an order to establish a town council for Wellingborough at a full council meeting on Tuesday (26 February).
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 town council will ensure that the town of Wellingborough and the views of local residents are effectively represented. It is anticipated that the town council will be established next May, in line with next year’s elections.
Leader of the council, Cllr Martin Griffiths, said: “Our officers have worked swiftly on the creation of a town council and are working closely with Kettering and Corby to support their community government reviews.
“It is important Wellingborough’s views are effectively represented as we prepare for potential changes to local government in Northamptonshire. The introduction of the town council will ensure that the needs of local residents are listened to and acted upon at all levels of local government, and the council will uphold the values of the borough council and continue to deliver provide a high-quality service for the community.”
Public information drop-in sessions will be held by the council in the summer to provide residents with the opportunity to ask any questions they might have about the town council. More information will soon be available on the council’s website, www.wellingborough.gov.uk.