Community Governance Review

A Community Governance Review is a process to provide opportunity to review and make changes to governance arrangements for town and parish councils and parish areas. This is to ensure that they continue to be reflective of the identity and interest of local communities, and that they are as efficient and effective in their governance as can be.

Community Governance Reviews are undertaken in accordance with the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.


In 2019-20 the Electoral Review Committee undertook a series of reviews of governance arrangements of parishes in order to ensure the community governance arrangements were still reflective of local identity and interests, and were effective and convenient. A number of requests for a review from parishes were not able to be scheduled in advance of the 2021 local elections. On 21 September 2021 the Committee approved terms of reference for a further review.

The areas included within the review are detailed in the Terms of Reference  and include: Malmesbury and St Paul Malmesbury Without; Beechingstoke and surrounding parishes (Woodborough, North Newnton, Wilsford, Marden, Patney, Stanton St Bernard); Calne Without and surrounding parishes (Calne Without, Calne, Hilmarton, Cherhill, Compton Bassett, Heddington, Bremhill).

Indicative Timetable

Stage oneCommencement of CGR - Terms of Reference Published
Schemes uploaded to public portal for any initial comments, to be updated with any relevant additional information. To include any further schemes received which fall within the scope of the Review.
22 September 2021
22 September 2021 - 31 October 2021
Stage two

Consideration of submissions received in relation to proposed schemes. Local briefings and meetings as appropriate with unitary councillors and/or parish representatives.

Pre-consultation surveying

Draft Recommendations prepared

1 November  2021 - 31 December 2021

15 November 2021 - 31 December 2021

January 2022-February 2022

Stage threeDraft Recommendations consultation18 March 2022 - 5 May 2022
Stage fourConsideration of submissions received. Final Recommendations preparedMay-June 2022
DecisionFinal Recommendations submitted to Full Council for approval19 July 2022

Consultation on the Draft Recommendations

The Electoral Review Committee has prepared Draft Recommendations for the areas under review. 

A consultation will run from 18 March - 5 May 2022.

Access the survey online.

The full draft recommendations document can be found on the Document (03) Draft Recommendations page.

The proposed changes can be viewed on the interactive map.

There will be public meetings as follows for the Committee to receive comments on its Draft Recommendations:

  • For Calne and adjacent areas - 5 April 2022 7pm - Calne Town Hall
  • For Malmesbury and adjacent areas - 21 April 2022 7pm - Malmesbury Town Hall

The Committee will review all responses and consider them at a public committee meeting before making any final recommendation. Links to those meetings are included on this page.