Northamptonshire County Council

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Northamptonshire County Council
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Leader
Jim Harker, Conservative
since 2005
Deputy Leader
Heather Smith, Conservative
since 2013
Structure
Seats 57
Political groups
     Conservative Party (36)
     Labour Party (13)
     Liberal Democrats (6)
     UK Independence Party (3)
     Independent (1)
Elections
First past the post
Last election
2 May 2013
Next election
May 2017
Website
www.northamptonshire.gov.uk

Northamptonshire County Council is the county council that governs the non-metropolitan county of Northamptonshire in England. It was originally formed in 1889 by the Local Government Act 1888. The county is divided into 57 electoral divisions, which return a total of 57 councillors. The council has been controlled by the Conservative Party since 2005. The leader of the county council is currently Jim Harker, who was elected to the post in May 2005. The headquarters of the council is County Hall in Northampton.

As a non-metropolitan county council, the council is responsible for education, social services, libraries, main roads, public transport policy and fire services, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning.

History[edit]

Northamptonshire County Council was first formed in 1889 as a result of the Local Government Act 1888, covering the whole of Northamptonshire. This arrangement changed a little in 1974 when, following the Local Government Act 1972, a newly constituted Northamptonshire County Council was formed for the non-metropolitan county of Northamptonshire. The first elections to the new authority were in April 1973, and the council took office on 1 April 1974.

From its recreation in 1974, the county council has administered the entire county of Northamptonshire. During 1990s local government reform, Northampton tried to obtain unitary authority status, but failed.[1] Northamptonshire now has three tiers of local government: the county council, 4 borough councils (Corby, Kettering, Northampton, Wellingborough), 3 district councils (Daventry, East Northamptonshire, South Northamptonshire) and over 250 parish councils.

Governance[edit]

Northamptonshire County Council has operated executive arrangements in the form of a Leader and Cabinet system since 2001. In December 2008 the council chose to adopt the revised Executive Leader and Cabinet arrangement.

The Council is currently composed of 57 councillors each representing a single-member division. Elections are held every four years and the next election will take place in 2017.

Cabinet[edit]

Northamptonshire County Council's cabinet is composed of seven Conservative councilors and the Conservative Leader of the council. Cabinet members work closely with the directors and professional officers of the council to ensure the successful implementation of the decisions they make.[2]

Title Councillor
Leader of the Council Jim Harker
Deputy Leader of the Council
Customers and Communities
Heather Smith
Finance and Performance Bill Parker
Transport, Highways and Environment Michael Clarke
Economic Growth and Public Protection Andre Gonzalez de Savage
Children and Education Catherine Boardman
Health and Wellbeing Robin Brown
Adult Social Care Suresh Patel

Districts and Boroughs[edit]

Northamptonshire has three tiers of local government: the county council, 4 borough councils, 3 district councils, and over 200 parish councils. In urban areas the work of the parish council is likely to be undertaken by the county or district council. The seven district councils in Northamptonshire are:

These district councils are responsible for local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection and recycling, cemeteries and crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism.

Political control[edit]

Political control of the non-metropolitan county has been held by the following groups:

Election Party
1973 Labour
1977 Conservative
1981 No overall control
1985 No overall control
1989 No overall control
1993 Labour
1997 Labour
2001 Labour
2005 Conservative
2009 Conservative
2013 Conservative

The council comprises 57 councillors who represent the county. Each councillor typically serves for a four-year term, representing an electoral ward. Each ward elects one councillor by the first past the post system of election. The current composition of the county council, following the 2013 election, is 36 Conservative councillors, 13 Labour councillors, 6 Liberal Democrat councillors, 3 UKIP councillors and 1 independent councillor. The next election will take place in May 2017.

District Ward Party Councillor
Corby
Corby Rural Conservative Stan Heggs
Corby West Labour Julie Brookfield
Kingswood Labour John McGhee
Lloyds Labour Bob Scott
Oakley Labour Mary Butcher
Daventry
Braunston And Crick Conservative Steve Slatter
Brixworth Conservative Catherine Boardman
Daventry East Conservative Alan Hills
Daventry West UKIP Adam Collyer
Long Buckby Conservative Steve Osborne
Moulton Conservative Judy Shephard
Woodford And Weedon Conservative Robin Brown
East Northamptonshire
Higham Ferrers Conservative Derek Lawson
Irthlingborough Conservative Sylvia Hughes
Oundle Conservative Heather Smith
Raunds Conservative Dudley Hughes
Rushden Pemberton West Conservative Michael Tye
Rushden South Conservative Andy Mercre
Thrapston Conservative Wendy Brackenbury
Kettering
Burton And Broughton Independent Christopher Groome
Clover Hill Conservative Bill Parker
Desborough Conservative Allan Matthews
Ise Conservative Jim Harker
Northall Labour Mick Scrimshaw
Rothwell And Mawsley Conservative James Hakewill
Wicksteed Conservative Russell Roberts
Windmill Labour Eileen Hales
Northampton
Abington And Phippsville Labour Danielle Stone
Billing And Rectory Farm Conservative David Mackintosh
Boothville And Parklands Conservative Mike Hallam
Castle Labour Winston Strachan
Dallington Spencer Labour Gareth Eales
Delapre And Rushmere Liberal Democrat Brendan Glynane
Duston East Conservative Suresh Patel
Duston West And St Crispin Conservative Matthew Golby
East Hunsbury And Shelfleys Conservative Andre Gonzalez de Savage
Headlands Labour Arthur McCutcheon
Kingsthorpe North UKIP Michael Brown
Kingsthorpe South Liberal Democrat Sally Beardsworth
Nene Valley Conservative Phil Larratt
Riverside Park Conservative Stephen Legg
Sixfields Liberal Democrat Jill Hope
St George Liberal Democrat Sarah Uldall
Talavera Liberal Democrat Dennis Meredith
South Northamptonshire
Brackley UKIP Jim Broomfield
Bugbrooke Conservative Joan Kirkbride
Deanshanger Conservative Allen Walker
Hackleton And Grange Park Conservative Michael Clarke
Middleton Cheney Conservative Ken Melling
Silverstone Conservative Ian Morris
Towcester And Roade Liberal Democrat Chris Lofts
Wellingborough
Brickhill And Queensway Labour Elizabeth Coombe
Croyland And Swanspool Conservative Graham Lawman
Earls Barton Conservative Paul Bell
Finedon Conservative Bhupendra Patel
Hatton Park Conservative Malcolm Waters
Irchester Conservative Sue Homer

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