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.
A Community Governance Review can make a number of changes to parish governance when there is clear evidence to do so:
- It can make changes to parish areas - including: changes to boundaries between parishes, mergers of two or more parishes, creating a new parish out of part of one or more existing parishes
- It can make changes to electoral arrangements within parish areas - including: changes to the number of parish councillors, introducing or changing parish warding arrangements
- It can accommodate changing the name of a parish (though this can also be undertaken through a process under S75 of the Local Government Act 1972)
- It can accommodate the grouping together of parishes under a common parish council.
Principal councils (district councils or unitary councils) have the power to carry out community governance reviews and put in place or make changes to local community (parish) governance arrangements.
Wiltshire Council has established an Electoral Review Committee to oversee Community Governance Reviews. The Committee will make recommendations relating to any review to Full Council, who make the decision.
As principal authority Wiltshire Council may schedule a review in response to a reasonable request from an individual, group or parish when it considers it practicable to do so, except those that are the result of a petition containing sufficient signatures which must be reviewed once the petition has been verified. Wiltshire Council may also suggest a review when it considers it appropriate to do so.
The Electoral Review Committee will be responsible for deciding when it is practicable to review requests which have been received.
Reasons for a Community Governance Review can include, but are not limited to:
- Changes in population
- Housing growth
- Anomalous boundaries
Any decision relating to parish arrangements must ensure that those arrangements:
- Reflect the identity and interests of local communities
- Ensure effective and convenient local governance
Any other factors, such as council tax precept levels, cannot be considered.
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).
|Stage one||Commencement 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
Consideration of submissions received in relation to proposed schemes. Local briefings and meetings as appropriate with unitary councillors and/or parish representatives.
Draft Recommendations prepared
1 November 2021 - 31 December 2021
15 November 2021 - 31 December 2021
January 2022-February 2022
|Stage three||Draft Recommendations consultation||18 March 2022 - 5 May 2022|
|Stage four||Consideration of submissions received. Final Recommendations prepared||May-June 2022|
|Decision||Final Recommendations submitted to Full Council for approval||19 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.