Have your say in consultation on community governance


October 14, 2021

Cheshire East is urging people to speak out – and to participate in a consultation on proposed governance arrangements for borough city and parish councils.

The 12-week consultation began on September 6 as part of a borough-wide review, as Cheshire East is responsible for the governance and electoral arrangements of the 186 wards of the borough’s city and parish council. in 135 municipal and parish councils.

The review, which follows guidance from central government and the Local Government Boundaries Commission for England, aims to ensure that community governance arrangements “continue to reflect local identities and facilitate efficient and practical local government” .

As communities change over time, government guidelines recommend a review of city and parish governance every 10 to 15 years, to ensure that arrangements are fit for purpose. goal. The last one was carried out before the creation of the Cheshire East Council in 2009.

The exam covers a range of issues, including city and parish boundaries, the number of city and parish councilors, parish grouping and neighborhoods.

The interim report of recommendations on the review of community governance makes a series of preliminary proposals for consultation, starting with parishes where no changes are proposed, to other relatively minor proposals and, finally, to changes of larger area or boundaries – largely adjacent to the borough’s urban parishes – which have a ripple effect on the surrounding parishes. Plans online view details.

This consultation stage offers individuals and stakeholders the opportunity to advocate for alternative proposals or to approve draft proposals as they are.

Councilor Sam Corcoran, chairman of the Cheshire East corporate policy committee and head of the board, said: Share their views on the proposals.

Website Cllr Sam Corcoran 250 x 350“The current governance arrangements predate the formation of the Cheshire East Council and since then there have been tremendous changes in our settlements, population and distribution. This review and consultation on the proposals provides an opportunity to ensure that city and parish amenities meet local needs and are fit for purpose for the years to come.

A multidisciplinary team of officers has been working on the review since 2019 and members of all political groups on the council will be involved in making decisions on future modalities of governance of municipal and parish councils.

Cheshire East conducted a first pre-consultation survey between October 2019 and February 2020 on the scope of the review and the topics and proposals that should be included. In June, a full council meeting approved the decision to submit the proposals for consultation.

There will be no change for the sake of change, and nothing is decided yet. Any changes to be made would follow a reflection on the responses to this latest public consultation – including with municipal and parish councils and other stakeholders – and a decision by the plenary council.

The public consultation, which ends on November 28, 2021 at midnight, is available in line.

Hard copies of the consultation can also be obtained from local libraries. People are urged to send in their completed paper forms as soon as possible. The aim is to complete the review process well in advance of the local elections scheduled for May 2023.

This review of community governance does not include the electoral modalities for the district council or parliamentary seats. These would be the responsibility of Whitehall (the Local Government Boundary Commission and the Boundary Commission for England respectively) and are not currently offered.

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