Community Governance Review of town councils and of one parish meeting in North Lincolnshire.
What is a Community Governance Review (CGR)?
A CGR can be a review of the whole, or part, of the district to consider one or more of the following:
- Creating, merging, altering or abolishing parishes.
- The naming of parishes and the style of any new parishes.
- The electoral arrangements for parishes, for example, the ordinary year of election, council size, the number of councillors to be elected to the council and parish warding
- Grouping of parishes under a common parish council or de-grouping parishes
A CGR must:
- Reflect the identities and interests of the communities in that area
- Be effective and convenient
Consequently, a CGR must take into account:
- The impact of community governance arrangements on community cohesion
- The size, population and boundaries of a local community or parish.
- Aim of the Community Governance Review
The aim of a review is to consider and bring about improved community engagement, better local democracy and efficient, more effective and convenient delivery of local services and ensures electors across these parishes are treated equitably and fairly.
The review will consider:
- The electoral arrangements for the parishes of Barton, Bottesford, Brigg, Broughton, Crowle and Ealand, Epworth, Kirton in Lindsey and Winterton including the number of councillors elected to the parishes and parish warding, and apply suggested ratios of the number of councillors to electorate given within statutory guidance (paragraph 4, page 11 of the Terms of Reference refers).
- What the appropriate community governance arrangements are for Holme including (but not limited to) whether the parish should be abolished, merged or grouped with another parish
- Any other relevant issues that are submitted in response to the review consultation process
Why undertake a Community Governance Review?
A CGR provides an opportunity for principal councils to review and make changes to community governance in their areas. Such reviews can be undertaken when there have been changes in population or in reaction to specific, or local new issues to ensure that the community governance for the area continues to be effective and convenient and reflects the identities and interests of the communities involved.
The government has emphasised that any recommendations made in a CGR should bring about improved community engagement, more cohesive communities, better local democracy and effective and convenient delivery of local services, and this council will take all these factors into account as part of this review.
This council believes that town and parish councils play an important role in terms of community empowerment at local level and wishes to ensure that parish governance in these areas continues to be robust, representative and able to meet any future challenges. Furthermore, it wishes to ensure that clarity and transparency exists at this level of governance and that the electoral arrangements of these parishes are appropriate, equitable and understood by their electorate.
This council has not previously undertaken a review of this type, and although various amendments have been made to parish electoral arrangements over the years, it is thought appropriate to undertake a review of these parishes to ensure that either current arrangements are effective or to recommend any changes to improve effectiveness in them.
During this review the council will take into account the relevant guidance and legislation and will consider each case on its merits and on the basis of information and evidence provided during the course of the review.
Who will undertake the Community Governance Review?
As a principal council, North Lincolnshire Council is responsible for undertaking any CGR in its electoral area. It is proposed, following a delegation from full council, that the Governance Scrutiny Panel be constituted to conduct the review and to make recommendations to full council thereon. Full council will be required to approve the final recommendations prior to the making of any Community Governance Order. A full consultation process will form part of the review to take full account of the views of local people.
Who to contact in respect of the Review
Main contacts in respect of the CGR are the Head of Democratic Services (and/or his representative) by emailing email@example.com.
How the Council proposes to conduct consultations during the Review
Before making any recommendations or publishing final proposals, the council will take full account of the views of local people in the parishes being reviewed and will comply with the statutory consultative requirements by:
- Consulting local government electors in the parishes
- Consulting any other person or body (including other relevant local authorities and parish councils) which appears to the council to have an interest in the review
- Taking into account any representations received in connection with the review
- Notifying consultees of the outcome of the review
- Publishing all decisions taken and the reasons for such decisions
Information about stages of the review will be published on the council’s website with key documents available to view at the Civic Centre, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe upon request. Press releases or adverts will be published where appropriate. The council may also make use of the online consultation database to enable comments to be made online as well as in writing. It is likely that consultations will take place over approximately a 12 week period.
A CGR must, by statute, be completed within a 12 month period from the day on which it commences. The CGR begins when the council publishes its terms of reference and concludes when it publishes the recommendations made in the review.