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Community Governance Review

What are Community Governance Reviews?

A Community Governance Review is a process to provide opportunity to review and make changes to governance arrangements to town and parish councils. 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 Review commencement date 1 November 2019


From 2017-2019 the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) undertook an Electoral Review of Wiltshire Council. While this retained the number of divisions at 98, the changes which have been recommended to Parliament have made consequential changes to many town and parish governance arrangements. Combined with development growth across existing town and parish boundaries, or creation of new communities with their own identity within an existing parish, means Wiltshire Council believes a review is necessary in some areas to ensure the community governance arrangements are still reflective of local identity and interests, and are effective and convenient.

Due to the need to complete any review in time to make changes for the 2021 local elections, reviews could not be scheduled for all areas which have made a request.

The areas included within the review are detailed in the Terms of Reference those submitted schemes within those areas have been uploaded for comment using the links on this page, and people may submit further schemes within those areas.

Pre-consultationLiaising with parish councils on suggested areas for consideration for review and receipt of initial submissions.12 July 2019 - 30 September 2019
Stage one

Commencement of CGR - Terms of Reference published

Schemes uploaded to public portal for any initial consultation, to be updated with any relevant additional information. To include any further schemes received which fall within the scope of the Review

1 November 2019

1 November 2019 - 30 November 2019

Stage two

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

Scheme consultation, draft recommendations prepared.

1 December 2019 - 21 February 2020

6 January 2020 - 26 February 2020

Stage three

Draft recommendations published

Draft recommendations consulted upon

May 2020

15 May - 10 July 2020

Stage fourConsideration of submissions received. Final recommendations preparedJuly- August 2020
DecisionFinal Recommendations submitted to Full Council for approvalSeptember 2020

Draft recommendations consultation

A consultation on the draft recommendations of the Electoral Review Committee of governance changes for some parishes ran from 15 May to 10 July 2020. All households in an area which might be affected were sent a letter drawing attention to the consultation.

Final recommendations decision

Following the consultation the Electoral Review Committee prepared Final Recommendations as linked to below. These will be considered at a meeting of Full Council on 9 September 2020.


Icon for pdf Community Governance Review Terms of Reference [402.9KB]

Icon for pdf CGR Draft Recommendations Document [7.44MB]

Final Recommendations Document