Public open spaces in Daventry have been transferred from Daventry District Council (DDC) to Daventry Town Council (DTC) as preparations to reorganise local government in Northamptonshire continue.
The transfer includes the New Street Recreation Ground and other public open space across the town, but excludes Daventry Country Park and Borough Hill.
The Town Council has taken on responsibility for maintaining the Holy Cross churchyard, roadside verges in the town, non-County Council street furniture, street lighting in the town centre, and the Mulberry Place public square once it is developed.
Also included is the town’s historic Burton Memorial, the Daventry Calling Sculpture on the Abbey Street/Southway roundabout, and the gazebo at the top of Sheaf Street.
The transfer to DTC of a number of Daventry-specific assets and services was agreed in principle by the two councils last summer. The District Council is set to be replaced in April 2021 by a new unitary authority serving West Northamptonshire, and both DDC and DTC felt it would be better for these assets and services to be managed locally.
The Market was the first to be transferred in the autumn, followed by the Welton Road Cemetery in January. Most of the assets and services which have been transferred are typically run by parish councils in other areas of the District.
Cllr David James, Daventry District Council’s Economic, Regeneration and Employment Portfolio Holder said: “Daventry District Council is pleased to conclude the package of transfers, which will help secure the future of these local services.
“With the significant changes facing local government in Northamptonshire, we believe these services will be best managed by those who are directly responsible to the people of the Town.”
Councillor Lynne Taylor, Mayor of Daventry, said: “Daventry Town Council is pleased to share this significant news with our residents. DTC has worked in partnership with DDC to ensure our public open spaces and other local assets are from now on retained and maintained within our town.”
Pictured above from left: Deputy Mayor of Daventry Cllr Karen Tweedale, Mayor of Daventry Lynne Taylor and DDC's Economic, Regeneration and Employment Portfolio Holder Cllr David James at the Daventry's New Street Recreation Ground.