The decision to turn down DCA’s invitation to join the Trust was made at a Council meeting on Monday 12 September. Although numerous requests had been made by DCA to present their proposals to DTC the Association was not allowed to present its case.
The Town Clerk had made a recommendation to the Council to delay any decision until after the planning applications for the canal and WaterSpace had been determined by the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation. However, despite the Town Clerk’s recommendation, Cllr Lynne Taylor stated that DTC was opposed to the development due to be built on the Eastern Way playing field and Council members rejected the invitation to join the Trust, thus ruling themselves out of all future decision making concerning the Trust.
At the same meeting, and in defiance of the canal plans put forward by Daventry District Council, DTC decided to back a plan by Friends of Daventry Open Spaces to get town green status for the playing field to prevent any future development on the site. DTC has agreed to write to Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) to request that NNC launches an independent consultation into whether the Eastern Way playing field should be protected.