Borough of Wellingborough
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|o Type||Borough Council of Wellingborough|
|o Leadership:||Alternative - Sec.31|
|o MPs:||Peter Bone|
|o Leader of the Council||Cllr. Martin Griffiths|
|o Total||62.9 sq mi (163.0 km2)|
|o Rank||Ranked 290th|
|o Density||1,300/sq mi (490/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|UTC+1 (British Summer Time)|
|ONS code||34UH (ONS)|
The Borough of Wellingborough was from 1974 to 2021 a non-metropolitan district and borough in Northamptonshire, England. It was named after Wellingborough, its main town, but also included surrounding rural areas.
The local council preferred to call itself the 'Borough Council of Wellingborough' rather than the more usual form 'Wellingborough Borough Council'.
The borough covered almost the same area as the Wellingborough constituency. It was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the borough of Wellingborough with Wellingborough Rural District.
The borough bordered South Northamptonshire, Northampton, the Borough of Kettering, the Daventry District and East Northamptonshire, as well as the Borough of Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, and the Borough of Bedford in Bedfordshire.
In March 2018, following suspension of the County Council arising from its becoming insolvent, due to financial and cultural mismanagement by the cabinet and officers, the then Secretary of State for Local Government, Sajid Javid, sent commissioner Max Caller into the council, who recommended the county council and all district and borough councils in the county be abolished, and replaced by two unitary authorities, one covering the West, and one the North of the county. These proposals were approved in April 2019. It meant that the districts of Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire were merged to form a new unitary authority called West Northamptonshire, whilst the second unitary authority North Northamptonshire consists of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough districts. These new authorities came into being on 1 April 2021. Elections for the new authorities were due to be held on 7 May 2020, but were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other than Wellingborough itself the borough included: