Community Governance Review 2021

How will the review work?

Romsey Town Council

Two phases of consultations on parish arrangements in Romsey/Romsey Extra parishes will be carried out during the CGR. The first phase of consultation will set out the current arrangements and Romsey Town Council’s request. As Romsey Town’s proposal does not cover the whole of Romsey Extra parish, it will also show possible options for the remainder of Romsey Extra (if the proposal were to be accepted), as well as setting out other options that could be chosen for the area. Comments on the proposal and the various options, as alternative proposals, will be invited. All responses received during this period of consultation will be used to draw up draft recommendations, setting out the changes (if any) to the existing parish arrangements in the area which are considered appropriate.

The Borough Council will then hold a second phase of consultation on these draft recommendations, during which time the public and interested parties will be able to comment on them and propose alternatives.

The first period of consultation began on 12 November 2021 and ran for 11 weeks to 28 January 2022.

Following the close of the first period of consultation, the draft set of recommendations were published on  8 April 2022.

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  2022.

If changes are made following the CGR process, it is intended that these will be implemented in time for the May 2023 elections.

Any changes will be implemented by a Reorganisation of Community Governance Order made by the Council. 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.

Depending on the outcome of the CGR, the consent of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England may be required, if changes to the electoral arrangements of parish councils are proposed.

Timetable

Action

Timescale

Full Council to approve Terms of Reference

10 November 2021

Publication of terms of reference (official start of review)

11 November 2021

First period of consultation

12 November 2021 – 28 January 2022

(11 weeks)

Publication of draft recommendations

8 April 2022

Second period of consultation

8 April – 3 June 2022 (8 weeks)

Final recommendations to full Council

7 September 2022

Preparation of community governance order (if required)

September 2022

Publication of recommendations (official end of review)

October 2022

 

Valley Park Parish Council

One phase of consultation on parish arrangements in these parishes will be carried out during the CGR. All responses received during this period of consultation will be used to draw up final recommendations, setting out the changes (if any) to the existing parish arrangements in the area which are considered appropriate.

The period of consultation will begin on 8 April 2022 and will run for 8 weeks, closing on 3 June 2022.

A final set of recommendations will then be submitted to full Council in September  2022.

If changes are made following the CGR process, it is intended that these will be implemented in time for the May 2023 elections.

Any changes will be implemented by a Reorganisation of Community Governance Order made by the Council. 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.

Depending on the outcome of the CGR, the consent of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England may be required, if changes to the electoral arrangements of parish councils are proposed.

The community governance review formally begins when the terms of reference are published. The timetable below outlines the main stages of the review (please note that these dates may be subject to slight alteration).

Action

Timescale

Full Council to approve Terms of Reference

26 January 2022

Period of consultation

8 April – 3 June 2022 (8 weeks)

Final recommendations to full Council

7 September 2022

Preparation of community governance order (if required)

September 2022

Publication of recommendations (official end of review)

October 2022