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

 

On 27 June the Council’s Governance Committee considered the responses from the consultation on the draft proposals. The responses are summarised in the Analysis of consultation report.

The Governance Committee noted that whilst the majority of responses to the consultation from both Balsall and Berkswell parishes favoured option 2 - to move the parish boundary to the route of the proposed HS2 railway line, the consultation questions had not specifically invited people’s views on an option to make no change to the current arrangement.

Governance Committee approved that further consultation be carried out within the review area on the following two options:

  1. To make no change to the current parish council boundaries and electoral arrangements;
  2. To move the boundary between Balsall and Berkswell Parishes to the proposed High Speed 2 railway line route

 

Governance Committee considered the responses of this consultation at their meeting on Tuesday 21 August 2018. The Committee unanimously decided that its formal proposal in this review will be to make no changes to the existing community governance arrangements in the parishes of Balsall and Berkswell.

Consultation

Before making its final decision on the Review, the Governance Committee have published the Final Proposals.

The Council is keen for the outcome of this review to encompass the broadly held views of the residents of the affected areas. If you have an interest in the review and would like to make a submission which covers matters which may not have arisen earlier in the review, then we would like to hear from you. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 12 September 2018.

Comments should be submitted to the Democratic Services Section of the Council’s Resources Directorate. They can be submitted either by letter or e-mail.

You can send your comments to:

Electoral Services
Solihull MBC
Council House
Manor Square
Solihull
B91 9QS

Email - electoralservices@solihull.gov.uk

Thank you for your time and interest. All responses will be considered carefully and used to inform the Council’s decisions relating to the Community Governance Review. Please note that where information (including personal information) is relied upon to a material extent in making a decision the Council is obliged include the material in the list of background papers which must be made available for public inspection.

The information will be seen by Councillors involved in making decisions on the review and may be viewed by members of the public. For further information about information submitted via this website please the Council’s Privacy Policy www.solihull.gov.uk/About/Privacy.

Timetable

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 Wednesday 27  June 2018
Consultation on the two options end Sunday 12 August 2018
Governance Committee meeting to consider the two options 21 August 2018
Final Proposals are published 28 August 2018
Consultation on final proposals Until 12 September 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.

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