Post by East Anglian Lefty on Feb 7, 2022 12:03:52 GMT
Northampton TC has (according to wikipedia, anyway), a population of 130,000 compared to a total population of Northampton of 225,000. The bits that aren't part of the TC are mostly the areas that were already parished on the Southern and Western edges of the town, together with new Far Cotton & Delapre and Kingsthorpe parishes. FC&D managed to elect five out of twelve councillors in its first elections - Kingsthorpe did better on twelve of fifteen, with one ward even being contested.
Partly it's that the areas getting separate parish councils wanted them (reading between the lines, most of the enthusiasm seems to have come from local Tory activists.) This has led to some very odd boundaries - Far Cotton is a short walk from the town centre but is separate, whereas the neighbouring area of Briar Hill is part of Northampton even though you can't get to the rest of the town by road without leaving the town. Kingsthorpe's boundaries are slightly more sensible, though you really don't notice a difference on the ground. Out in the Eastern Districts, you've also got the parish of Billing which relates to an earlier era of enthusiasm for parishes in urban areas.
Personally I would certainly vote for FC&D to be abolished and folded into the Town Council if the opportunity arose, but I can't imagine it would bother most people unless the levels of council tax levied by the two parishes go in very different directions over the next 3 years.