Community governance review 2017

We asked for your views and consultation closed on 8 October 2017 and the responses are now being reviewed by the working group.


What is a community governance review?

A community governance review is undertaken to consider arrangements for parish councils such as creating, merging, altering or abolishing parish councils, the naming of parish councils and their electoral arrangements.

Why is Cheltenham Borough Council carrying out the community governance review and which areas are included in it? 

In 2017, the council is carrying out a community governance review following the receipt of a petition from the Pittville Parish Council Campaign Group in January. The petition called for the creation of a new parish council for Pittville and it means that the council is required to carry out the review to decide whether or not it should be created.

The council has agreed that as part of the review, it will also explore whether there is support to extend the boundaries of the existing parish councils in Charlton Kings, Leckhampton with Warden Hill and Up Hatherley.

The review will also be used to consult with a small number of properties in St Nicholas Drive, which are the only part of Prestbury ward not to be part of Prestbury Parish Council’s area and with two properties in Merestones Drive, which are the only addresses in the road currently to be included within Leckhampton with Warden Hill Parish Council’s area.

What does a parish council do?

Parish councils are the most local form of government. They are usually made up of local people who stand for election as (unpaid) parish councillors to represent their area. They are the democratic voice of the local community and work with other tiers of government and external organisations to co-ordinate and to deliver services.


Terms of reference

The terms of reference were published on 7 April 2017.

On 24 July 2017, full council approved the recommendation to amend the terms of reference for the community governance review 2017 to include consultation about making changes to the existing parish council boundaries:

  • The addition of four small consultation areas for Charlton Kings Parish Council
  • The addition of a consultation area for Leckhampton with Warden Hill Parish Council
  • The addition of a consultation area for Up Hatherley Parish Council

For further background information, please see the council report and background papers (item 11).

The review will need to consider the electoral arrangements including the number of councillors to be elected and any warding arrangements.

Timetable for the review

The timeline has changed slightly from the dates included in the terms of reference, but the overall conclusion of the review (January 2018) remains the same.

Action

By when

Consultation phase consulting with all electors and interested parties within the defined areas.

8 October 2017

Consideration of consultation responses

October 2017

Prepare recommendations

October/November 2017

Potential member seminar

Late November/early December

Recommendations presented for approval

December 2017

Recommendations published (if approved)

December 2017

Reorganisation Order made (if approved)

December 2017/January 2018

Precept for new parish council included in council budget

February 2018

Parish Council elections

May 2018