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Community Governance Review FAQs

Community governance is the way in which local communities are represented and governed at local authority level, as well as the way in which individuals and groups within the community are listened to and able to influence decisions that affect them.

Below is a list of FAQ's relating to the 2017 Community Governance Review for Charnwood.

What is a Community Governance Review?

A Community Governance Review is a review of the whole or part of the borough to consider one or more of the following:

  • Creating, merging, altering or abolishing parishes
  • The naming of parishes and the style of new parishes
  • The electoral arrangements for parishes (the ordinary year of election; council size; the number of councillors to be elected to the council, and parish warding)
  • Grouping parishes under a common parish council or de-grouping parishes.

These reviews give us the opportunity to look at current parish boundaries and address whether they need to be changed to reflect the changing landscape and population of Charnwood both now and in the future.

Who can undertake a review?

Since 13 February 2008, Charnwood Borough Council has held responsibility for undertaking community governance reviews and we have been able to decide whether to action the recommendations made in those reviews.

More information on our responsibilities can be found on the following document:

Who will undertake the review of Charnwood?

Charnwood Borough Council is responsible for conducting the review within its electoral area. The lead officer with regard to community governance reviews is:

What are the criteria by which options for the future will be judged?

Government guidance indicates that characteristics of good community governance should be considered when assessing the options during a review. These include:

  • civic pride and civic values
  • a strong, inclusive community and voluntary sector
  • a sense of place - with a positive feeling for people and local distinctiveness
  • effective engagement with the local community at neighbourhood level
  • strong leadership
  • the ability to deliver quality services economically and efficiently
  • an area that is of a size that can be managed by a local government.

Local people might consider these characteristics when submitting their views.

How long will the review take?

Legislation requires community governance reviews to be completed within 12 months of the terms of reference being formally published. For this review this will be 12 months from February, 2017. 

What must the council take into account when undertaking a review?

We must consider:

  • the impact of existing community governance arrangements on community cohesion
  • the size, population and boundaries of any local community or proposed parish or town council.

In carrying out a community governance review, we must also consider the wider picture of community governance, including well-established forms of community governance such as local residents associations and community forums. These can be considered as either alternatives to, or stages towards, establishing parish or town councils.

When will Charnwood Borough Council consult during the process?

There are two opportunities for the public to contribute to the review. The first stage consultation invites the public and other interested stakeholders to submit their initial views on the future governance arrangements for Charnwood; this will be held over a 12 week period commencing on February 1 and concluding on April 30, 2017.

The second stage consultation will take place later in the year when we have formulated draft recommendations, taking into account the views that were expressed during the first stage; this is likely to take place during July/Autumn, 2017.

Who will the council consult with?

Before making any recommendations or publishing final proposals, we will take full account of the views of local people. We will comply with the statutory consultative requirements by:

  • consulting local government electors within the area under review
  • consulting any other person or body (including a local authority) which appears to us to have an interest in the community governance review
  • taking into account any representations received in connection with the review.

Will the review change Charnwood Borough Council wards?

This review does not have the power to change any borough ward boundaries. However, any changes arising from the review will inform the work of the Local Government Boundary Commission when they next review our ward arrangements.

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