Community Governance Review 2018-19
South Bucks District Council is carrying out a review of community governance arrangements for Denham, Farnham Royal and Stoke Poges Parish Councils. The review follows requests received from those Parish Councils asking the Council to review the electoral arrangements for their respective parish areas.
The Council's Governance and Electoral Arrangements Committee (G&EA Committee) is responsible for considering community governance matters. On 26 June 2018 the G&EA Committee considered the requests and agreed to carry out a Community Governance Review. The full Terms of Reference for the review have been published and can be viewed here.
To inform the review the Council conducted a first public consultation from 3 September - 12 October 2018. At this stage of the review the Council sought local electors and other interested parties to submit their views. This included comments on the existing community governance arrangements, or any proposals for change. The requests already received by the Council included in the report considered by the G&EA Committee on 26 June 2018 may be viewed here.
All submissions, views and comments received during the first consultation stage were considered by the G&EA Committee on 29 October 2018. At the meeting, the Committee agreed the following recommendations:
Denham Parish Council - removal of all Parish Wards
Farnham Royal Parish Council - removal of 1 Parish Ward (by combining Farnham Royal South and Farnham Royal Central) to create a total of 2 Parish Wards
Stoke Poges Parish Council - reduction in Council size from 13 to 11 Parish Councillors
The Council then conducted a second consultation from 5 November - 14 December 2018 where residents and other interested stakeholders were invited to submit their views on the above recommendations. Submissions received as part of the second consultation will be considered before the Council makes its final decisions. A timetable for the Community Governance Review is set out below.
Decision to conduct a review
26 June 2018
Terms of Reference Published
3 September 2018
1st Consultation period
3 September to 12 October 2018
Initial consultation responses invited (1st Consultation period now closed)
G&EA Committee consider 1st consultation responses & agrees draft recommendations for consultation
29 October 2018
Consultation responses considered and draft recommendations prepared
2nd Consultation period
5 November to 14 December 2018
Consultation responses to recommendations invited (2nd Consultation period now closed)
G&EA Committee consider 2nd consultation responses and agrees to recommend final recommendations to Full Council
16 January 2019
Submissions on recommendations considered and final recommendations prepared
Full Council considers recommendations from the G&EA Committee
27 February 2018
Reorganisation Order Published
Final recommendations published
1 March 2018
before Notice of Election on 20 March 2019
Have your say
The deadline for submitting comments as part of the second consultation phase has now closed. The Council will now consider all submissions received as part of the second consultation phase before making its final decisions.
If you have any queries in relation to the review, you can email us at: email@example.com, or call us on: 01895 837236.
Alternatively, you may write to: Democratic and Electoral Services Manager, South Bucks District Council, Oxford Road, Denham, UB9 4LH.