Mar 16 - Leaders of district and borough councils in Northamptonshire have called for a meeting with the Secretary of State for Local Government.

It follows an inspectors' report on the county council which recommends to government that the authority is scrapped with two new unitary bodies replacing all local authorities in the county.

A joint statement from the borough leaders says they don't believe the unitary model is the only way forward and that residents need to be at the heart of any solutions - and that the leaders have suggestions that could contribute.

Corby Borough Council leader Cllr Tom Beattie said "CBC considers itself a well run and efficient Council. As evidenced by our own LGA Peer Review in 2014 we are financially strong to the point that we have recently approved a budget for growth. It is extremely disappointing that because of the failure of others the future of our council is now threatened. The people of Corby deserve better than this.”

On Friday the seven MPs for Northamptonshire released a joint statement welcoming the report's findings while Corby MP Tom Pursglove added that wherever possible the new model should mean Corby people taking decisions about the town.

The Conservative leader of the county council, Cllr Heather Smith, resigned on Thursday following the report's publication.