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Community Governance Review

A community governance review (CGR) is a legal process that allows councils to ask the public, parish councils and other interested groups whether they feel their communities are suitably represented.

Councils can consider the following:

  • creating, merging, altering or abolishing parishes
  • the naming of parishes and the style of any new parishes
  • the electoral arrangements for parishes, i.e. the ordinary year of election, council size, the number of councillors to be elected to the council and parish warding
  • grouping of parishes under a common parish council, or the de-grouping of parishes

Information on parish councils

A community governance review must:

  • reflect the identities and interests of communities
  • take into account the impact of community governance arrangements on community cohesion and the size, population and boundaries of a local community or parish

Community Governance Review 2018 to 2019

The 2018 to 2019 Community Governance Review has started.

Community Governance Review Terms of Reference (PDF/95.4KB/12 pages) outlines the aims of the CGR, the legislation guiding the process, and the points we view as important.

The CGR will be conducted with reference to: 

We will publish more information about each stage of the review as it progresses.