The Government consultation on proposals to replace Northamptonshire’s existing county, district and borough councils with two unitary local authorities continues until Friday 25 January 2019 – so there is still time to have your say.

Anyone with an interest in the proposed restructure can take part in the consultation – particularly people who live and work in our county.

Click here for further information and to complete an online survey.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, has now laid before Parliament an order under the Local Government Act 2000 to postpone district and parish elections in Northamptonshire due to be held in May 2019.

The decision comes after all eight councils in the county expressed concerns that district councillors elected in May 2019 would serve only one year before the proposed formation of the unitary authorities, and elections in such circumstances could risk confusing voters.

The order states that changes will come into effect on 14 January 2019 and councillors shall continue in their positions until the postponed elections in May 2020.