Town Council 2020/21 Council Tax Precept

Desborough Town Council has fixed its budget for 2020/21 and determined the Council Tax Precept amounts for 2020/21.  Details of the amounts being charged by Kettering Borough Council; Northamptonshire County Council; and the Office of Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner; will be published when they are confirmed.

The Town Council’s amount for the whole year ranges from £13.19 at Band A to £39.56 at Band H.  The figure quoted for comparison purposes is usually Band D (Desborough’s Band D figure will be £19.78 for the 2020/21 financial year).

Special meeting 23 January 2020

The Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday 23 January 2020 to determine the Council’s budget for the coming financial year, and then to determine the level of the Council Tax precept (if any).

January 2020 – online consultation

The Council will be holding its annual budget meeting on 16 January 2020.  The Council needs to decide its priorities for the coming year and is asking you to help decide where efforts should be concentrated.  

How do I contribute to the discussion?

A drop-in consultation session with Councillors will be held on Saturday  4 January 2020 from 10 o’clock to noon in the library building.

January 2020 Budget Consultation

The Council will hold a special drop-in consultation on the Council’s budget for 2020/21 and plans for the future.

This will be in the library building and you can drop-in from ten in the morning until noon on Saturday 4 January 2020.

You can contribute to the discussion in other ways too.  For further details look here.

General Election

The date of the General Election coincides with the date of the December meeting of the Town Council (12 December 2019).  Consequently the Town Council meeting has been cancelled.

A special consultation meeting on the budget for 2020/21, and on future plans will be held on the morning of Saturday 4 January 2020 at 10 o’clock.  Further details of the consultation meeting will be published in due course.

By-election called for Loatland Ward

An election is to be held for a Councillor for Desborough Town Council Loatland Ward.

Nomination papers for the election may be obtained from the Clerk to the Town Council or from the office of the Returning Officer, Kettering Borough Council, Municipal Offices, Bowling Green Road, Kettering NN15 7QX.

Nomination papers must be delivered by hand to the Returning Officer at Kettering Borough Council, Municipal Offices, Bowling Green Road, Kettering, NN15 7QX on any working day from the date of publication of this notice (excluding bank holidays) but no later than 4pm on Friday 27th September 2019.

If the election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday 24th October 2019.

Notice of Vacancy in the Office of Councillor, Loatland Ward

Pursuant to Section 87(f) of the Local Government Act 1972, a vacancy now exists in the office of Councillor for the Loatland Ward of the Town Council. 

If, within fourteen working days* of the date of this notice, a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to either: 

– the Returning Officer at Kettering Borough Council or

– the Town Clerk at Desborough Town Council

by TEN electors for the Ward, an election will be held to fill the vacancy. If no such request is received the Town Council may fill the vacancy by co-option. 

A copy of the formal notice is here.


The Brexit effect – change of date Annual Town Meeting

Owing to the UK’s (very likely) involvement in the European Parliamentary elections on 23 May 2019, the date of the Annual Town Meeting has had to be changed.  The meeting will be postponed by one week to 30 May 2019.

If any local organisation would like to make a report or presentation to the meeting please get in touch with the Town Clerk as soon as possible.

Want to be a Councillor?

Have you got what it takes to be a Town Councillor?

  • Do you want to serve our community?  
  • Do you have time or expertise which could benefit our community?  
  • Do you want to make a difference to all those around you?
  • Are you concerned about our local area?
  • Do you want to represent the views of local people?

If you would like to make a difference, and be involved in shaping the future of our local community, why not step forward and apply to become a Desborough Town Councillor?

The Council has a vacancy for a Councillor (Loatland Ward) and is looking for people to put themselves forward.  There is a short form to fill in and send to the Town Clerk.  The form is on the website here, and is available from the Council’s office in the library building.

The closing date for the receipt of signed forms by the Town Clerk is 5 o’clock on 3 April 2019.

Meetings of the Council are held in the Library on the third Thursday of each month at 7 o’clock, except August when there’s no meeting and December when the meeting is a week earlier.

To qualify to be co-opted you must:-

  • be a British subject over 18 years old
  • be listed on the current electoral register
  • live in Desborough, or within 3 miles of its boundary, or occupy as owner/tenant any land/premises therein or have a principal place of work within the Parish
  • not be disqualified from holding office as a Councillor.

If you are interested, would like more information, or an application form, please contact the Town Clerk, Graham Thomson.