Another significant milestone has also been reached today with the publication of the draft outline blueprint for the future West Northamptonshire council, which will go live on 1st April 2021.
The draft blueprint sets out an overarching view of how the services will be delivered and fit together in the new West Northamptonshire and North Northamptonshire authorities, including who will deliver them and from where. The focus is to ensure the new councils can deliver services safely and legally from day one, making sure residents continue to receive the local services they rely on.
The blueprint sets the direction of travel for the authority and also outlines the aspirations and significant future opportunities that will come from bringing the existing Councils together to make our communities in Daventry, Northampton and South Northants even better places to grow up, get on and grow old.
Where possible and safe, service transformation will be in place from day one including improvements in in customer services and IT. Residents will benefit from a new website for the authority, more options to self-serve, and more local hubs where the councils can see residents face-to-face.
Cllr Ian McCord, Leader of the West Northants Shadow Authority, said:
“Publication of the blueprint is a significant step on the journey to the West Northamptonshire unitary authority going live next year and provides a great foundation for the detailed work that will take place over the coming months.
Working together, I am confident that we will be able to deliver services safely and legally from day one, while delivering some immediate improvements for our residents.
We are genuinely ambitious for the future of West Northamptonshire. Over the coming months we will really begin to shape the authority and how we will deliver on our aspirations for local people and West Northamptonshire.”