Major milestones for future West Northamptonshire Council: draft logos and blueprint published

Published: Tuesday, 18 August 2020

In a key milestone, draft proposals for three possible logo designs for the new West Northamptonshire Council have been unveiled today and feedback invited to help shape the final design.

This new logo will be needed in plenty of time for the new Council to go live in April 2021, so the aim is to have a final design agreed in the autumn.

The three logos were devised by two in-house designers currently serving the eight partner Councils which will eventually become the two new authorities for Northamptonshire. The process has been led and shaped by the Communications and Engagement Task and Finish Group for West Northamptonshire, which includes Councillors from across Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire.

Cllr Jonathan Nunn, Chair of the Communications and Engagement Task and Finish Group for West Northamptonshire, said: “We want to get things off on the right foot in West Northamptonshire, so it was important that we carried out this work using existing design staff, helping us save costs.

“There was a great deal of detailed thinking behind the three designs, but we think it’s important that people aren’t swayed by that.

“The primary questions for us are, which of them best reflects the aspirations we have for the new West Northamptonshire Council and is the design sufficiently memorable.

“First impressions are important but we’re also more than happy for people to spend a little time pondering which of the designs they prefer.

“We’re also very keen to receive feedback to see if they can be further refined, or whether people feel there are other elements we should consider including.”

Residents across the area will be able to complete the short survey via from today, 17th August, until 6th September.

Draft outline blueprint publication

Another significant milestone has also been reached today with the publication of the draft outline blueprint for the future West Northamptonshire council, which will go live on 1st April 2021.

The draft blueprint sets out an overarching view of how the services will be delivered and fit together in the new West Northamptonshire and North Northamptonshire authorities, including who will deliver them and from where. The focus is to ensure the new councils can deliver services safely and legally from day one, making sure residents continue to receive the local services they rely on.

The blueprint sets the direction of travel for the authority and also outlines the aspirations and significant future opportunities that will come from bringing the existing Councils together to make our communities in Daventry, Northampton and South Northants even better places to grow up, get on and grow old.

Where possible and safe, service transformation will be in place from day one including improvements in customer services and IT. Residents will benefit from a new website for the authority, more options to self-serve, and more local hubs where the councils can see residents face-to-face.

Cllr Ian McCord, Leader of the West Northants Shadow Authority, said: “Publication of the blueprint is a significant step on the journey to the West Northamptonshire unitary authority going live next year and provides a great foundation for the detailed work that will take place over the coming months.

Working together, I am confident that we will be able to deliver services safely and legally from day one while delivering some immediate improvements for our residents.

We are genuinely ambitious for the future of West Northamptonshire. Over the coming months, we will really begin to shape the authority and how we will deliver on our aspirations for local people and West Northamptonshire.”