A public consultation launched on Wednesday 1st February 2017 as part of a review of parish electoral arrangements in Charnwood.
Charnwood Borough Council is seeking people’s views as part of a community governance review which will look at existing arrangements and boundaries for towns and parishes, including the numbers of councillors.
The review could also potentially consider setting up new councils, from scratch or by grouping existing parish councils, or abolishing current councils if there are strong reasons to do so.
Such reviews are carried out every 10 to 15 years to ensure arrangements remain reflective of local communities, and to take account of any changes, for example from new housing developments which result in increases in population.
Councillor James Poland, Charnwood’s Deputy Lead Member with responsibility for Strategic Support, said: “This is an important review which will give residents, existing parish and town councils, community groups and any other relevant organisations a chance to comment on how they think arrangements in their areas can be improved. I hope that people will take the opportunity to give us their suggestions. I believe grass roots representation is a critical part of the local democratic process.” Further information about the review can be found at www.charnwood.gov.uk/cgr
The webpage has guidance on how to have a say.
Paper copies of the consultation form is available and people are advised to contact the Communications Team on 01509 634 705.
The initial consultation period will run until Sunday 30th April 2017.
All submissions received will be carefully reviewed and draft proposals for any changes will be published for a further period of consultation between July and September 2017.
It’s planned that final recommendations for any changes will be considered at a meeting of the full borough council in January 2018 and any changes will come into effect for the parish council elections in May 2019.