Community Governance Review

Community Governance Review

Broxtowe Borough Council is about to start a Community Governance Review which will provide an opportunity to review and make changes to governance arrangements at parish level.

The terms of reference for the review can be viewed here (.pdf) (123KB) (Opens in a New Window).

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Timetable

What can the Community Governance Review change?

Why has Broxtowe Borough Council decided to undertake a review now?

How does the Community Governance Review work?

How can I make representations? 

Timetable

The timetable for the review will be

Stage Action Timescale Dates
Commencement
  • Terms of reference will be published
  • Stakeholders notified with clear definition of remit of review
  7 June 2021
Preliminary Stage
  • Local briefings and meetings (members/parish and town councils)
One month 7 June - 30 June 2021
Stage one
  • Initial submissions invited from stakeholders on future arrangements under terms of reference
Three months 1 July 2021 - 30 September 2021
Stage Two
  • Consideration of submissions received
  • Draft recommendations prepared
  • Draft recommendations to be considered by Council
Two months 1 October 2021 - 30 November 2021
Stage Three
  • Draft recommendations published for consultation
  • Stakeholders notified
Three months 1 December 2021 - 28 February 2022
Stage Four
  • Consideration of submissions received
  • Final recommendations prepared
  • Final recommendations published concluding the review
Two months 1 March 2022 - 30 April 2022
  • Final recommendations considered by Council and decision made on arrangements with resolution to make a Reorganisation Order
  May 2022
  • Reorganisation Order made
One month later June 2022

 

What can the Community Governance Review change?

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
  • the name of a parish
  • grouping together a number of parishes under a common parish council

Why has Broxtowe Borough Council decided to undertake a review now?

We have a legal duty to ensure that community governance arrangements:

  • reflect the identities and interests of the community in the area
  • are effective and convenient (this relates to the ability of parishes to provide services for its residents).

Any proposed changes will need to be considered in that light. 

The Council has identified a number of potential changes which could be made to parish boundaries to, in its opinion, bring about more cohesive communities.  By starting now, any changes to parish boundaries can be in place for the elections in 2023.

Click here to view the potential changes identified (.pdf) (63KB) (Opens in a New Window)

How does the Community Governance Review work?

Between now and the end of September the Council will be asking town and parish councils, local residents and organisations, to give us their views on the suggested changes as well as any other changes (including no change) they would like to see considered in the review.

We will publish details of all representations received.  A Task and Finish Group of Borough councillors will consider them and put forward a set of draft recommendations to the Governance, Audit and Standards Committee for public consultation as appropriate.

The Task and Finish Group will then consider the detailed results of the second public consultation and make final recommendations to a meeting of Broxtowe Borough Council.  Following the decisions of the Council we will make the necessary legal Order and take the other steps required to implement them.

How can I make representations?

Representations can be made in writing and addressed to The Head of Administrative Services, Broxtowe Borough Council, Council Offices, Foster Avenue, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 1AB or by email to cgr@broxtowe.gov.uk.

Representations must be made by 30 September 2021.


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