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Community governance review

Our Community Governance Review (under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act, 2007) enables us to consider what changes are needed to the parish arrangements within the district.

We published our 'terms of reference' and other documents for the review in September 2014.

As the council has been unable to complete the review planned for 2014, documents for the review will be updated and a report submitted to Committee by the end of 2021 to agree the timetable for completing the review. New commencement letters will also be sent to Parishes and Residents Associations. It is expected the review will last up to one year.

Undertaking a review

A community governance review looks at the whole or part of a district to identify a need for:

  • creating new parishes, abolishing, merging or altering parishes
  • the naming of parishes and the style of new parishes
  • reviewing electoral arrangements for parishes
  • grouping parishes under a common parish council or de-grouping parishes

The Department of Communities and Local Government guidance suggests we should consider conducting this type of review every 10 to 15 years - our last 'parish review' was in 2002.

Timetable and terms of reference

The terms of reference and a timetable for a review specifies the area we're looking at. The review begins when we publish this information and is expected to last up to one year.

When the first stage ends any parish, resident association, community group, organisation or individual may submit an 'expression of interest for consultation' on changes, the creation, the abolishing, the merging or altering of parishes.

All submissions will be reported to committee and consultation will be undertaken directly before any recommendations are taken.

Further information

See the Department of Communities and Local Government guidance or download our information sheet for more details.

Also see

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