Borough of Kettering

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Borough of Kettering
Kettering Borough Council.svg
Kettering UK locator map.svg
Shown within Northamptonshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East Midlands
Administrative county Northamptonshire
Admin. HQ Kettering
  TypeKettering Borough Council
   Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
  Executive: Conservative
   MPs: Philip Hollobone
  Total90.2 sq mi (233.5 km2)
  Rank 151st
 (mid-2019 est.)
  Rank Ranked 235th
  Density1,100/sq mi (440/km2)
Time zone UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST) UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code 34UE (ONS)
E07000153 (GSS)
Ethnicity96.7% White
1.7% S.Asian

The Borough of Kettering was from 1974 to 2021 a local government district and borough in Northamptonshire, England. It was named after its main town Kettering where the council was based. It bordered onto the district of Harborough in the neighbouring county of Leicestershire, the borough of Corby, the district of East Northamptonshire, the district of Daventry and the borough of Wellingborough.


Abolition and replacement

In March 2018, following suspension of the County Council arising from its becoming insolvent, due to financial and cultural mismanagement by the cabinet and officers, the then Secretary of State for Local Government, Sajid Javid, sent commissioner Max Caller into the council, who recommended the county council and all district and borough councils in the county be abolished, and replaced by two unitary authorities, one covering the West, and one the North of the county. [1] These proposals were approved in April 2019. It meant that the districts of Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire were merged to form a new unitary authority called West Northamptonshire, whilst the second unitary authority North Northamptonshire consists of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough districts. These new authorities came into being on 1 April 2021. [2] Elections for the new authorities were due to be held on 7 May 2020, but were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [3]

Settlements and parishes

Other than Kettering itself, the borough included:

Political control

It composed of 36 local councillors and most recently controlled by the Conservatives, who controlled the Council since the 2003 local elections, where they gained control from Labour with a majority of 15.

Year Conservative Labour Party Independent Liberal Democrats



Coat of arms of Borough of Kettering
On a wreath Or and Sable a representation of the Geddington Queen Eleanor Memorial Cross Proper between two fountains each charged with a martlet Sable.
Sable on a fess Argent between in chief a garb Or between two annulets embattled on the outer edge Argent and in base a pelt Or five Lozenges conjoined Gules.
On the dexter side a female figure richly attired in antique habit Azure and upon her head a plume of three ostrich feathers Argent and on the sinister side a Negro Proper habited about the waist with a cloth and his sinister wrist encircled with a handcuff pendent therefrom a broken chain Azure.
Progressio Et Concordia (Progress And Concord) [4]

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  2. "Northamptonshire: Unitary authorities plan approved". BBC News. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  3. "AT LAST! Northamptonshire's new unitary councils are made law by parliament". Northampton Chronicle. 14 February 2020. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  4. "East Midlands Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 5 March 2021.

Coordinates: 52°27′N0°48′W / 52.45°N 0.80°W / 52.45; -0.80