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First Shadow meetings mark next chapter for unitary preparations

Published Monday, 01 June 2020

Councillors from across Northamptonshire will take up their seats on the two new shadow authorities this week as preparations progress to create the North and West unitary councils.

Members of the West Northamptonshire Shadow Authority will meet for the first time at 7pm on Tuesday (2 June) and the North Northamptonshire Shadow Authority at 7pm on Thursday (4 June). Both meetings will be held virtually via video-conferencing and streamed live to the public on YouTube.

The Leaders of the two new shadow authorities said the inaugural meetings marked the start of the next chapter in the unitary journey.

In a video update published this week, North Shadow Leader Cllr Russell Roberts and the West Shadow Leader Cllr Ian McCord gave more details on the next phase of the work to set up the new councils on 1 April next year – a new approach called Safe and Legal Plus - and highlighted the challenges and opportunities ahead.

You can watch the video update on the Future Northants Youtube channel at https://youtu.be/Bwqyw7fIvBc

At the two meetings, the shadow authorities will adopt their constitutions and appoint their interim statutory officers (interim head of paid service, monitoring officer and chief finance officer).

Both meetings can be viewed live on Youtube channel. Watch the West Northants Shadow Authority meeting live from 7pm on 2 June at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOtMXYpYYhvEHxYkCiUdtqw

Watch the North Northants Shadow Authority meeting live from 7pm on 4 June at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcH_JAaHaMtgHDeMQEVXi2g/videos

The agenda for the West Northants Shadow Authority meeting can be viewed at https://cmis.northamptonshire.gov.uk/cmis5live/WestNorthamptonshireShadowAuthority.aspx

The agenda for the North Northants Shadow Authority meeting is available at https://cmis.northamptonshire.gov.uk/cmis5live/NorthNorthamptonshireShadowAuthority.aspx