Community Governance Reviews

What is a Community Governance Review (CGR)?

A Community Governance Review is a legal process whereby Councils can 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

The purpose of a community governance review is to secure an arrangement which will bring about improved community engagement, better local democracy and will result in more effective and convenient delivery of local services.

It must take account of the identities and interests of the community in that area and those arrangements for community representation and engagement already in place.

Why undertake a community governance review?

Community governance reviews may be triggered by local people presenting petitions to the Council or at the instigation of the Council when it considers, for example, that a parish boundary no longer corresponds to a natural settlement pattern.

What does a Parish Council do?

Parish Councils are the most local form of government. They collect money from Council tax payers known as a “precept” and this is used to invest in the area to improve services or facilities.

Parish Councils can take different forms but usually are made up of local people who stand for election as Parish Councillors to represent their area. They can be the voice of the local community and work with other tiers of government and external organisations to co-ordinate and deliver services and work to improve the quality of life in the area.

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