Major IT issue

We are working to resolve IT problems that mean people completing benefit online forms may not be able to complete or submit them.

The problems also mean that our staff and contact service are not able to access all their computer systems.

You can still carry out most transactions on our website. If you need to contact us by phone and your call is urgent we will try to help you. If your call is not urgent please contact us next week.

Apologies for the inconvenience while we resolve this problem.

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.  

Current Community Governance Reviews

Barrington

June 2018: A request was received from Barrington Parish Council to increase the number of Parish Council seats from 9 to 13 due to growth in the Parish. 

The review is currently in progress. The consultation has now closed.

 

Milton

June 2018: A request was received from Milton Parish Council to decrease the number of Parish Council seats from 15 to12.

The review is currently in progress.  The consultation has now closed.

Stapleford

June 2018: A request was received from Stapleford Parish Council to increase the number of councillors from 9 to 11.

The review is currently in progress. The consultation is now open for comments.

National Recommendations

The National Association of Local Councils has suggested that the minimum number of councillors for up to 900 electors should be 7 and the maximum 25 for electors over 23,000. Within the minimum and maximum limits, the following allocations are recommended by NALC:

Electors

Councillors

Electors

Councillors

Up to 900

7

10,400

17

1,400

8

11,900

18

2,000

9

13,500

19

2,700

10

15,200

20

3,500

11

17,000

21

4,400

12

18,900

22

5,400

13

20,900

23

6,500

14

23,000

24

7,700

15

over 23,000

25

9,000

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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