The Borough’s finances should be sustainable. Northamptonshire County Council went bust this February – brought down by austerity – and last year, Lancashire County Council said that these very same pressures would, if not mitigated, leave it technically bankrupt by 2020. Two more councils – Somerset and Norfolk – are slipping into a bankruptcy danger zone.

For over a year we have lobbied against a £77m debt for new council offices and a new theatre.

The Borough’s finances should be sustainable – Northamptonshire County Council went bust this February – brought down by austerity – and last year, Lancashire County Council said that these very same pressures would, if not mitigated, leave it technically bankrupt by 2020. Two more councils – Somerset and Norfolk – are slipping into a bankruptcy danger zone.

The £90m Civic Centre, which includes shiny new Council offices and a theatre, will require a loan of £77m, and will see the Borough in debt for 50 years. We will fight to prevent the Council incurring an unnecessary additional debt for an ill-conceived project in times where core local services are already under pressure and will be underfunded or cut completely.