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25 November 2015

Community Governance Review recommendations debated

The recommendations of the working party on Community Governance Review were debated at an extraordinary Full Council meeting (24 November 2015).

Wiltshire Council is undertaking the Community Governance Review (CGR) at the request of a number of parish and town councils. This is a review of parish boundaries and in some cases also the number of seats on a parish council.

The draft recommendations for consultation relate to parish boundaries around Melksham, Trowbridge, Hilperton, Salisbury, Calne, Corsham and Box, Lyneham and Clyffe Pypard, Bishopstrow, Nomansland (Redlynch and Landford) and Devizes.

Each of the proposals was debated and voted on by councillors following an opportunity for members of the public to speak on each scheme.

  • Members backed the working group’s recommendation and voted against a proposed amalgamation of Melksham Without and Melksham Within parish councils
  • Members agreed with the working group’s recommendation to defer any decisions on Trowbridge boundaries – preferring instead that the working group should look again and bring back a comprehensive set of Trowbridge proposals
  • Members backed a motion that a further proposal should be created examining whether Laverstock and Ford should be incorporated into the Salisbury parish boundaries

Full details of voting on all the schemes will be made available shortly at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/council/communitygovernancereview2015.htm

Wiltshire Council is required to regularly review the whole or part of the council’s area to consider one or more of the following issues:

  • Creating, merging, altering or abolishing parishes
  • The naming of parishes and styles of new parishes
  • The electoral arrangements of parishes (including the number of councillors to be elected to the council and parish warding)
  • Grouping or de-grouping parishes

This review is being carried out by the council under the powers in Part 4 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.

 

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