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13 October 2015

Public Meetings held as part of Community Governance Review

A Community Governance Review is being held for some areas in Wiltshire

This review will take into account the impact of community governance arrangementson community cohesion, and the size, population and boundaries of a localcommunity or parish.

Stuart Wheeler, cabinet member with responsibility for governance

The first of a series of public meetings has taken place as part of the consultation process on proposals to amend a number of parish boundaries across Wiltshire.

Wiltshire Council is undertaking a 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.

Public meetings are being held this week and next week as part of the consultation process. The first was held in Devizes last night (Monday 12 October), with another being held in Trowbridge this evening (13 October).

Stuart Wheeler, cabinet member with responsibility for governance, said: "A CGR must reflect the identities and interests of the communities in that area and also help to enable effective and convenient local government. Consequently, this review will take into account the impact of community governance arrangements on community cohesion, and the size, population and boundaries of a local community or parish."

Public meetings have been arranged for the larger parishes affected, at which members of the public will be given the opportunity to make their opinions heard. In areas where only a few homes are affected, individual letters have been sent to residents outlining details of how they can take part in the consultation.

A working group containing a representative of each political group on the council has been appointed to carry out the review and to make recommendations to the council in due course. Other members may also attend where an item specifically affects their electoral division.

The public meetings are just one element of the consultation. For full details of how you can take part, visit http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/council/communitygovernancereview2015.htm

Please confirm by email if you are planning to attend one of the meetings via committee@wiltshire.gov.uk

Public meetings will be held for the larger schemes as follows:

Scheme

Date & Time

Venue

Devizes and surrounding parishes

Monday 12 October 2015

7pm

Ceres Hall, Corn Exchange

Devizes

Trowbridge and surrounding parishes

Tuesday 13 October 2015

7pm

Atrium, County hall, Trowbridge

Corsham and Box

Wednesday 14 October 2015

7pm

Springfield Campus, Corsham

Salisbury and surrounding areas

Thursday 15 October 2015

4pm

Salisbury City Hall

Melksham and Melksham Without

Tuesday 20 October 2015

7pm

Melksham Oak School

Wednesday 21 October 2015

7pm

Melksham Assembly Rooms

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