Community governance reviews
What is a community governance review?
A community governance review is a review of the whole or part of the district to consider one or more of the following:
- creating, merging, altering or abolishing parishes;
- the naming of parishes in the style of new parishes;
- the electoral arrangements for parishes (the ordinary year of election; council size; the number of councillors to be elected to the council, and parish warding), and
- grouping parishes under a common parish council or de-grouping parishes.
The purpose of a community governance review is to secure an arrangement which will bring about improved community engagement, better local democracy and will result in more effective and convenient delivery of local services. It must take account of the identities and interests of the community in that area and those arrangements for community representation and engagement already in place.
Why undertake a community governance review?
Community governance reviews may be triggered by local people presenting petitions to the Council or at the instigation of the Council when it considers, for example, that a parish boundary no longer corresponds to a natural settlement pattern.
Recent Community Governance Reviews
Following the receipt of a valid petition, the Council recently undertook a CGR of the boundary between Willingham and Over parishes. On 25 January 2018 the Council made the decision to alter the boundary between the
parishes of Willingham and Over.