Community Governance Review
A Community Governance Review (CGR) provides an opportunity to put in place strong, clearly defined boundaries, which reflect local identities and facilitate effective and convenient local government. It can take place for the whole or individual parts of the district to consider one or more of the following:
- Creating, merging, altering or abolishing parishes
- The naming of parishes and the style of new parishes/town councils
- Electoral arrangements for parishes/town councils including:
- the ordinary year of election
- the number of councillors to be elected; and
- the warding (if any) of the parish/town councils.
- Grouping parishes under a common parish council or de-grouping parishes
We are required to ensure that community governance within the area under review will be:
- Reflective of the identities and interests of the community in that area; and
- Effective and convenient
In doing so, the CGR is required to take account of:
- The impact of community governance arrangements on community cohesion; and
- The size, population and boundaries of a local community or parish council
Terms of Reference
We have considered the requirements listed above when drawing up the objectives and questions that proposals for changes will be assessed against.
We must also have regard to the Guidance on Community Governance Reviews issued by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
Further details about the Community Governance Review can be found in the Terms of Reference (131KB PDF).
How to get involved
We invited comments from interested parish and town councils in July and August 2023.
Stage 1 consultation will be undertaken between 28 November 2023 and 31 January 2024. During this consultation, we will be seeking views and/or proposals about existing parish boundaries, numbers of councillors and if any new parishes should be created or existing parishes abolished or merged and where these should be.
If you are experiencing any issues with the consultation portal of if you would like a paper copy of the questionnaire, please contact us on [email protected].
Stage 2 consultation will take place from 25 April 2024 and 24 July 2024. At this point we will consult on proposals that arose from stage 1 of the review. Scroll down to view the proposals by area and give your feedback. Further details will appear on this page at that point.
The Full Council will consider whether to adopt any of the outcomes of the review in September 2024.
If you have any questions or would like more information please email [email protected].
Frequently asked questions
Last updated 23 November 2023