Community Governance Reviews
A Community Governance Review (CGR) is a review carried out by a principal council of the whole or part of its area. The aim is to look at one or more of the following:
- The creation, merging or abolition of parishes
- The naming of parishes
- The style of parishes (eg town, village, community)
- The electoral arrangements for parishes (eg size of parish councils, number of councillors, warding arrangements)
District council wards and county council divisions cannot be altered in a Community Governance Order. However a request may be made to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England to carry out a review for changes to district or county boundaries as a result of a local CGR.
Who can request a CGR?
A CGR can be initiated by one of the following:
- a valid petition from electors (minimum number of signatures required, depending upon size of electorate)
- Any petition must define the area to which the review is to relate and be signed by the following number of local government electors:
- Less than 500 electors - 50% of the electors
- 500-2,499 electors - at least 250 of the electors
- More than 2,500 - at least 10% of the electors
- and specify one or more recommendations which the petitioners wish that Community Governance Review to consider making.
- If valid petitions are received in respect of these parishes, the Council is required to undertake a (limited) Community Governance Review on the terms of that petition. The requirements for a valid petition ensure that any proposals must have both clear objectives and elector support.
- a formal request from a parish council or a local member (approval is then required from the principal council)
- a decision taken by the principal council itself if it feels a review is appropriate (eg the number of electors for a non-warded parish is too large and makes a single election impracticable, or the splitting of an existing parish, or the creation of a brand new parish following the completion of a major housing development)
The CGR Process
In Bassetlaw, the district council will undertake all CGRs by first publishing terms of reference, and then carrying out the required consultation(s) and recommending changes to be made. The review has to be completed within 12 months from the publication of the terms of reference.
Once the council has approved any recommendations as a result of the CGR and made an Order, any changes to the electoral arrangements such as amendments to the parish boundary or decrease/increase to the number of parish councillors will normally come into effect from the next main elections which are in May 2015.
Current Community Governance Reviews 2014
Parish Matters to be considered:
- North and South Wheatley Parishes to be amalgamated into one Parish Council.
- To consider the abolition of Bole Parish Meeting as the Parish Meeting is inactive and amalgamation of the area into North and South Wheatley Parish.
- The removal of the Parish wards of East and West Harworth within Harworth Town Council.
- Gamston with West Drayton and Eaton Parish Council - reduce the number of Parish Councillors.
- The boundary between Beckingham and Misterton Parish Council in the vicinity of Newells Terrace.
- The effective operation of Parish Meetings in the District
The review commences on 1 November 2013 and must be concluded within 12 months. The outline timetable is as follows:-
Introductory Stage: 1 November 2013 – 1 February 2014
- Submissions are invited. District Council invites proposals from stakeholders on future arrangements under the Terms of Reference.
- Draft Proposals are prepared
- Notice of Review
- Terms of Reference
Draft proposals to be considered by full Council – 6 March 2014
- District Council publishes Draft Proposals and notifies stakeholders.
- Community Governance Review - Initial Recommendations.
Consultation on draft proposals: March-May 2014
- Consultation with stakeholders.
Final Recommendations published:
- Submissions considered and final recommendations produced.
- Notice of Draft Recommendations
- Final Recommendations are published and decision by Council end of June 2014.
- Report to Council 26th June 2014
Effective Date: 28th November 2014
- Order made. Thereafter Council publishes the Reorganisation Order and requests the Boundary Commission to approve any consequential changes.
The order was made on 28th November 2014. Notification is sent to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Office of National Statistics, Director General of the Ordnance Survey and Nottinghamshire County Council.
The final changes from the review were:-
- Amalgamation of Cuckney Parish Council and Norton Parish Meeting to form a new Parish Council called Norton and Cuckney Parish Council
- North and South Wheatley Parish Councils amalgamated to form a new Parish Council called North and South Wheatley Parish Council
- The removal of the Parish Wards of East and West Harworth within Harworth and Bircotes Town Council
- Reduction of the number of Parish Councillors in the Gamston, West Drayton and Eaton Parish Councils.
- Area of the boundary of Misterton and Walkeringham Parish Councils in the vicinity of Newells Terrace
- Bole Parish
- Clumber and Hardwick Parish
- Haughton Parish
- Scaftworth Parish
- Wallingwells Parish
- West Burton Parish
Maps with Order