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The Reorganisation of Community Governance Order and consequential matters

The Community Governance Review (CGR) will be completed when we adopt the Reorganisation of Community Governance Order.

Copies of the following documents will be deposited and published, in the same way other documents have been published throughout the review:

  • the Order
  • maps detailing the effects of the Order
  • the reasons for all decisions made, whether to change or no change

In accordance with the Government's guidance, we will issue maps to illustrate each recommendation at a scale of not less than 1:10,000 wherever possible. The maps will be deposited with the Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Government, and at our offices at South Lakeland House, Kendal.

In accordance with regulations, prints of these maps will be supplied to the following organisations or bodies:

  • Ordnance Survey
  • the Registrar General
  • the Land Registry
  • the Valuation Office Agency
  • the Boundary Commission for England
  • the Local Government Boundary Commission for England

The Order is scheduled to take effect on 1 September 2019, but any changes to electoral arrangements for existing parishes will come into force at the next ordinary elections for the parish council. However if these elections are not for some time, we may resolve to modify or exclude the application of Sections 16(3) and 90 of the Local Government Act 1972. This would provide for an earlier election, with councillors serving a shorter term of office, to allow the parish cycle to return to the District cycle of elections.

Consequential matters

We note that a Reorganisation Order may cover any consequential matters that appear to us to be necessary or proper to give effect to the order. This includes:

  • the transfer or custody of property
  • the setting of precepts for new parishes
  • provision regarding the transfer of any functions, property, rights and liabilities
  • provision for the transfer of staff, compensation for loss of office, pensions and other staffing matters

We'll be guided in these matters by regulations issued following the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. This includes those regarding the transfer of property, rights and liabilities which require that any apportionments shall use the population of the area (as estimated by the Proper Officer of the Council) as an appropriate proportion.

We also note Regulation 3 of the Local Government Finance (New Parishes) Regulations 2008, regarding the establishment of a precept for a new parish and their requirements.

Where any such consequential matters affect Cumbria County Council, we'll also seek their views with regards to alterations to electoral division boundaries in accordance with Government's guidance.

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