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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.

The information we will use for the Community Governance Review

Current and predicted parish electorate figures and councillor ratios (PDF/538.KB/71 pages)