This is a fantastic opportunity to continue to provide better joined-up services for local residents whilst driving down the costs for the billpayer. South Northamptonshire Council and Cherwell District Council already have a long history of working collectively to deliver services across the region, and the proposals would extend that relationship into other areas.
I look forward to seeing full details of the proposed merger in the summer, and I hope that all local residents will take the opportunity to engage with the public consultation when it launches.
Whilst the benefits of 'ever closer union' with Europe are not in the interests of my constituents, it is clear that the 'ever closer union' of South Northants and Cherwell could bring significant improvements to the way we deliver council services for local residents!
You can read more about the proposed merger on South Northamptonshire Council's website.