The Council can undertake a review for example, to establish a new parish council, or to revise parish boundaries where there have been significant changes in population, or to react to a specific new or local issue.
Community Governance Reviews may also be triggered by local people presenting a petition to the Council. For a petition to be valid it must meet specified criteria which includes:
- It should define the area to which the review relates on a map or otherwise and refer to identifiable fixed boundaries;
- It must specify one or more proposed recommendations for review;
- It must contain the requisite number of signatures of people included on the electoral register for the affected area. For an area of less than 500 local electors - 50%, for an area with between 500 and 2,500 local electors - at least 250, for an area with more than 2,500 electors - at least 10%.
Whenever a Community Governance Review is undertaken, we will publish the Terms of Reference and carry out public consultation before putting forward recommendations for Council to approve a Community Governance Order. The process should normally take no more than 12 months to conclude, however any boundary changes will not come into effect until the next election has taken place for the affected parish(es).
Our constitution provides a framework for the democratic processes of the Council. It sets out functions, procedures and terms of reference for us at our meetings. To help give you a quick understanding of how this works we have produced a brief guide (77kb).
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