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 draft Terms of Reference document for the Community Governance Review was considered by Solihull Council’s Governance Committee on Tuesday 28 November 2017.

The Committee appointed a steering group of Councillors to work with the Head of Legal and Democratic Services and the Electoral Services Manager to draw up a full and detailed consultation and communication plan for the review. The steering group of Councillors have now approved the Terms of Reference document for 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 By Saturday 31 March 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 terms of reference document is currently out for consultation and will end on Wednesday 28 February 2018. You can respond by completing 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.

What happens next?

The Council will consider all responses and will draw up draft recommendations on parish governance arrangements for the area. In its draft 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 draft proposals will give our initial proposals for the future of community governance in Balsall and Berkswell. There will then be a period of ten weeks for consultations on the proposals.

The final proposals will be made in response to the outcome of those consultations. They may significantly change the draft proposals, 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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