North Northamptonshire within Northamptonshire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Established||1 April 2021|
|o Type||Unitary authority|
|o Governing body||North Northamptonshire Council|
|o Leader||Jason Smithers|
|o Chief Executive||Robert Bridge|
|o Total||380.9 sq mi (987 km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|ONS code||E06000061 (GSS)|
North Northamptonshire is a unitary authority area forming part of the ceremonial county of Northamptonshire, England, created in 2021. The largest towns in the area are Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, Thrapston, Irthlingborough, Oundle and Rushden, plus a number of other towns and villages. The council is based in Kettering.
North Northamptonshire was created on 1 April 2021 by the merger of the four existing non-metropolitan districts of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, and Wellingborough. It absorbed the functions of these districts, plus those of the abolished Northamptonshire County Council.
In March 2018, following financial and cultural mismanagement by the cabinet and officers at Northamptonshire County Council, 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 the former Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough districts.
Elections for a shadow authority were due to be held on Thursday 7 May 2020, but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These elections were instead held on 6 May 2021 and the Conservatives won a majority of seats. The Council comprises 78 councillors elected across 26 wards.
The Council logo depicts Rockingham Castle, the River Welland and a Red kite - a bird of prey that has become strongly associated with the county of Northamptonshire and is particularly commonplace in the north-eastern parts of the county around Corby and Rockingham Forest.