East Northants Council's chains of office to be returned to Rushden

The chains will be returned and retained as part of the town's civic history

Tuesday, 26th January 2021, 10:51 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th January 2021, 10:54 am
This year’s chairman, Cllr Helen Howell, and consort, Cllr Lee Wilkes, wearing their chains

East Northants Council’s chains of office will be returned to Rushden so they can be retained as part of the town's civic history.

Council members met virtually yesterday (Monday) for a leader’s update, to receive committee meeting minutes and reports for the past few months, and to discuss what will happen to ENC’s chains of office after March 31, 2021.

ENC will cease to exist at the end of March and the new North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) will come into existence on April 1, 2021.

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Current ENC councillors discussed the issue and agreed to return the chains to Rushden to be retained as part of the town’s civic history.

The three chains are currently used by ENC’s chairman, deputy chairman and chairman’s consort and were inherited from the former Rushden Urban District Council.

During the discussion, Cllr Helen Howell, chairman of East Northamptonshire, explained funds are available for refurbishing the chains to ensure that they are preserved and protected for many more years.

Councillors discussed and agreed that all three chains are historic artefacts and should be restored and placed on display at Rushden Town Council with a plaque to note all of the past chairmen of East Northamptonshire Council.

Cllr Steven North, ENC leader said: “This was an important discussion in the civic side of ENC as we head towards 1 April 2021 and it is great to know that ENC’s chains of office will be going to a good home.

“Work continues on all aspects of the winding down of ENC, with everyone working hard to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible for residents.

"Officers and councillors are also finalising plans for the final, civic Full Council which will take place at the end of March and be the perfect sign off for East Northamptonshire Council.”

All ENC councillors will meet for the final, civic full council on Monday, March 22 before the council is abolished on March 31.

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