Community Governance Review

How will the review work?

We will carry out two phases of consultations on parish arrangements in Test Valley. The first phase of consultation will ask for proposals on changes to existing parish arrangements. We will use all responses received during this period of consultation to draw up draft recommendations for changes to parish arrangements in Test Valley. We will then hold a second phase of consultation on these draft recommendations, during which time you will be able to comment on them and propose alternatives.

The first period of consultation will begin on 13 November 2017 and will run for 11 weeks.

Following the close of the first period of consultation, the draft set of recommendations will be published on 4 May 2018.

These draft recommendations will then be the subject of a second period of consultation, which will run for 8 weeks from the date of publication.

Following the end of the second period of consultation, all comments received will be considered against the draft recommendations. The final set of recommendations will then be submitted to full Council in September 2018.

It is intended that the final recommendations, which will include any changes to the current parish arrangements in Test Valley, will be implemented in time for the May 2019 elections.

The Council will make a Reorganisation of Community Governance Order in order to implement these recommendations. Such an Order may cover “consequential matters” required to give effect to the Order, such as the transfer of property or other assets, the setting of precepts for new parishes, and staffing matters.

The Council may recommend that the Local Government Boundary Commission for England make alterations to borough ward boundaries to reflect any changes made at a parish level. The Council notes that it will be for the Local Government Boundary Commission for England to decide if related alterations should be made.