Council meeting 21/05/2020 access details

A meeting of Desborough Town Council will be held online using ZOOM on Thursday 21 May 2020, commencing at four o’clock in the afternoon

To attend the meeting follow this link

and use the meeting ID: 742 0037 1369

and the password: 8wMF0DTC05


Members of the public who wish to follow proceedings are welcome to use the login details above using Zoom through the app or through a web browser. If you wish to follow proceedings by telephone only please contact the Town Clerk for further information.

All members of the public will be muted and not able to be heard unless the Chair of the meeting invites them to speak. Owing to the remote nature of attendance, any members of the public wishing to address the Council are requested to provide details to the Town Clerk before the meeting either by emailing the usual form (available on the Council’s website here Your Right to Speak at Council Meetings, by sending the same information to the Town Clerk by email, or using the email us facility on the Council’s website. 

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 (in accordance with Coronavirus legislation). If no such request is received the Town Council may fill the vacancy by co-option. 

A copy of the formal notice is here.

Dated 30/04/2020

Do not use public play or fitness equipment

During the current crisis public facilities are closed.  In Desborough that includes the library and the leisure centre, as well as restaurants, pubs, clubs, and cafés.

Please do not use, or allow your children to use, the skatepark, outdoor gym equipment, or other play equipment.


Stay home

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) response

Following the advice of HM Government, the Desborough Town Council office will be closed for the foreseeable future.

You can still get in touch with the Council using the contact details above or by using the contact page on the website

Please help keep yourself and our community safe by following the Government’s advice on hand washing, self-isolation, and social distancing.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Quick Links

For more information on the symptoms and steps to take, go to

For the latest advice on travellers returning from affected areas, plus guidance to schools and care homes, visit

Details of the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK

Public Health England also maintain an informative online blog which is available here.

The recommended source of information for the public is now on the NHS website which is here

People who think they may have symptoms are being pointed to the NHS-111 on-line questionnaire in the first instance, which can be found here

Why not stand for election to become a Town Councillor?

The elections for Town Council seats will be held on 7 May 2020.  Nominations for people wishing to stand for election as Town Councillors close at 16:00 on 8 April 2020 so you don’t have long to think about standing for election yourself.  Yes, you.

Anyone over 17 can express an interest although there are some other rules (see the small print below).  

If you want to make a difference to Desborough’s community by becoming a Councillor you can help keep it a great place to live and work.  You will be supported in your role and will be expected to undertake training.  You should be comfortable working electronically, have a positive outlook, a can-do attitude, and be willing to work as part of a team.

If you are interested in joining the Council please ask Kettering Borough Council for nomination details.  If you want an informal chat about becoming a Councillor please speak to any of the existing Councillors or contact the Town Clerk, Graham Thomson on, 01536 628816, or call into the Council’s offices on any Tuesday to Friday from 10 o’clock to 1 o’clock. 

The Town Council currently meets in the evening on the third Thursday the month. 

Are you concerned about Desborough and do you want to ensure that our community gets the right services?

Do you want to:-

    • represent the views of local people and ensure that community interests are taken into account?
    • pursue your political beliefs?
    • contribute your business or professional skills?
    • extend what you are already doing through a political party, trade union, charity, voluntary group, or school governing body?

then becoming a councillor can be the next step.

The Small Print

To stand for election to become a town councillor you must be:

  • At least 18 years old on the day of your nomination, and
  • A British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union

You must also meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

  • You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector in Desborough parish from the day of your nomination onwards
  • You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the Desborough parish during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election
  • Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the Desborough parish
  • You have lived in the Desborough parish area (or within three miles of it) during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

Disqualifications from standing

There are certain people who are disqualified from being elected to the Town Council.  You cannot be a candidate if at the time of your nomination and on the day of the election, any of the following are true:

  • You are employed by the town council or hold a paid office under the town council,
  • You are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order,
  • You have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the five years before polling day
  • You have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal electoral practices and offences relating to donations) or under the Audit Commission Act 1998

A person may also be disqualified from election if they have been disqualified from standing for election to a local authority following a decision of the First-tier Tribunal (formerly the Adjudication Panel for England or Wales).

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).