Community governance reviews

Upcoming 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.  

National Recommendations

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) 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:

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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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