Community Governance Review (CGR) in Balsall and Berkswell

On Wednesday 1 November 2017 residents in Balsall and Berkswell submitted a petition, bearing 773 signatures, requesting that Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council undertake a Community Governance Review.

The petition proposes that the Review considers, but does not limit, to merging both Parish Councils to create one new Parish Council for the total area. Furthermore the petitioners have requested that if approved then wards are introduced to reflect the areas of:

  • a) Temple Balsall, Fen End and Meer End
  • b) Balsall Common Village and village centre
  • c) Berkswell Village and rural area

The Council’s Governance Committee has approved the Draft Proposals document, which is the current stage of the consultation. Residents in Balsall and Berkswell are encouraged to let us know their views on the questions outlined in the document. The consultation on the draft proposals will end on Wednesday 30 May 2018.

The Terms of Reference document outlines how the council will conduct the Community Governance Review.

The timetable for the review is outlined below:

Action Relevant Date
Petition received Wednesday 1 November 2017
Report to Governance Committee
Terms of reference and timetable for review to be approved by steering group of Councillors
Tuesday 28 November 2017
Steering group signed off Terms of Reference document Wednesday 20 December 2017
Terms of Reference published and consultation period starts Thursday 21 December 2017
Last date for representations Wednesday 28 February 2018
Draft Proposals are prepared Governance Committee held on Thursday 22 March 2018
Draft Proposals are published for consultation Monday 9 April 2018
Last date for submissions Wednesday 30 May 2018
Final Proposals are prepared Governance Committee Thursday 21 June 2018
Final Proposals are published July 2018
Consultation on final proposals August 2018
Governance Committee makes final recommendation on the review To Governance Committee Monday 24 September 2018
Governance Committee recommendation considered by Council Tuesday 9 October 2018
Council publishes the Reorganisation Order Wednesday 31 October 2018
Any changes become effective Monday 1 April 2019

Please note that the timetable is subject to minor alteration.

Have your say

The Draft Proposals are currently out for consultation and will end on Wednesday 30 May 2018. Please follow the “Submit your views” button below to complete our online response form.

Submit your views

Alternatively you can submit your comments by email to electoralservices@solihull.gov.uk or in writing to Electoral Services, Solihull MBC, Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 9QS.

As part of the consultation we will be hosting three evening meetings to give an overview of the Community Governance Review so far and the options in which we would like to consult local residents on. 

The same content will be covered at all three meetings. Residents in Balsall and Berkswell are encouraged to let us know their views on the options outlined in the Draft Proposals document. Details of the three meetings are below:

Balsall Berkswell
Date: Monday 23 April 2018
Time: 6.15pm
Venue: Berkswell and Balsall Common Tennis Club, Meeting House Lane, Balsall Common, CV7 7GE
Date: Tuesday 24 April 2018
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: St John Baptist Church, Church Lane, Berkswell, CV7 7BJ
Date: Tuesday 22 May 2018
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Balsall Common Village Hall, 112 Station Road, Balsall Common, CV7 7FF

 

What happens next?

 

The Council will consider all responses and will draw up final recommendations on parish governance arrangements for the area. In its final proposals, the Council will balance the submissions that it has received against the legal tests and policies that have been outlined in the Terms of Reference document.

The final proposals will be made in response to the outcome of the draft proposals consultation. They may significantly change the draft proposal, because the Council will endeavour again to encompass the broadly held views of the residents of the affected areas insofar as they are compatible with the legal tests and policies.

There will then be a period before the Council publishes its recommendations in this Review, and this period allows time for any final submissions and arguments to be made covering matters which may not have arisen earlier in the review.

If changes to the existing structure of community governance in the affected areas are being recommended, the Review will be completed when the Council adopts a Reorganisation of Community Governance Order.

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