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:
||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
|Consultation on final proposals
|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 email@example.com 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.