Community Governance Review

Community Governance Review - Background and Proposals

Background

Community Governance Reviews provide the opportunity for principal councils to review and make changes to community governance arrangements in their areas to reflect local circumstances, for example, in relation to changes in population or in reaction to specific or local issues.  The provisions of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007, which devolved powers to carry out and implement reviews to principal councils, are intended to improve the development and coordination of support for citizens and community groups so that they can make the best use of empowerment opportunities.

The last district wide review was completed in 2012 and since that date there has been a significant amount of new development,  the adoption of the Harborough District Local Plan and 21 neighbourhood plans have also been completed so it is timely to review parish arrangements to check that they are still appropriate.  The review will look at all existing parished areas within the District but excludes the unparished area of Market Harborough.  The review will consider:

  • Parish status – parish meeting or parish council
  • Parish names – are these still appropriate?
  • Parish boundaries – are these still appropriate?
  • Parish council size –  the number of parish councillors on each parish council

In carrying out the review the District Council will be mindful of what the local community consider to be appropriate for their own circumstance and will not be looking to apply a 'one size fits all' approach.   During an initial consultation period which ran from 1st October 2019 to 31st January 2020 parish councils/meetings and local residents alongside other stakeholders were asked to comment on existing arrangements and put forward suggestions for improvement.   Due to the imposition of working restrictions caused by response to the Covid-19 pandemic the review process was delayed by 3 months but is now back on track with a revised timetable which should see the review formally completed eary in the new year.  The Community Governance Review Committee has now met remotely on two occassions to consider submissions received and to formulate recommendations to Council.  The recommendations of the Community Review Committee were considered by Council on 28th September 2020 where it was resolved to consult with all stakeholders on the recommendations set out below.   The consultation period on the draft recommendations will run from 1st October to 30th November 2020.

Draft Recommendations 

Claybrooke Magna (council size)

It is recommended that the number of parish councillors for Claybrooke Magna Parish Council be increased from 5 to 6.

Husbands Bosworth (council size)

It is recommended that the number of parish councillors for Husbands Bosworth Parish Council be increased from 6 to 7.

Lubenham/Market Harborough (parish boundary)

It is recommended that the Council supports in principle the alteration of the Lubenham parish boundary as requested by the parish council and consults with the parish council, developers and residents on Option C shown on the plan at Appendix C.6.   This proposed revised parish boundary is indicated by the orange line on the plan and would exclude the new development currently being built on the western edge of Market Harborough from the parish of Lubenham.

Kibworth Harcourt/Kibworth Beauchamp (parish boundary)

It is recommended that consultation be undertaken with both parishes, and residents of properties located within the area concerned on the proposal to amend the parish boundary as indicated on the plan at Appendix D.  This proposal would mean that all properties on Barnards Way, Longbreach Road and Bush Road would be located within the parish of Kibworth Harcourt.

Saddington/Fleckney (parish boundary)

It is recommended that consultation be undertaken with both parishes, and residents of properties located within the area concerned on the proposal to amend the parish boundary as indicated on the plan at Appendix E.1  This proposal would mean that all properties forming part of the 'Appleyard Park' development which currently straddles the parish boundary between Fleckney and Saddington would be located within the parish of Fleckney.

East Langton/West Langton (parish boundary)

It is recommended that consultation be undertaken with West Langton Parish Meeting, East Langton Parish Council and the occupiers of the properties contained within the area outlined by a green line on the plan at  Appendix F prior to finalising a recommendation in respect of this change.  The proposal is to amend the parish boundary to include the properties on the edge of the villlage of Church Langton, currently within the parish of West Langton within the parish of East Langton.

Tur Langton/East Langton (parish boundary)

It is recommended that consultation be undertaken with Tur Langton and East Langton parish councils and residents of the properties concerned on the proposed realignment of the parish boundary around the property indicated on the plan at Appendix G.  This would result in the property indicated on the plan being located within the parish of East Langton (Tur Langton at present).

Thurnby and Bushby (parish warding)

It is recommended that the warding be removed from the parish of Thurnby and Bushby and that council size is set at 10 councillors based on the parish boundary to take effect from the date of the next full parish council elections.

East Langton (parish name)

It is recommended that the parish of East Langton is not warded but that consultation be carried out with the parish council on re-naming the parish to reflect both East Langton and Church Langton within the name.

Further Information

Further information on the background to these recommendations, includiing the original submissions received and options considered by the Community Governance Review Committee can be viewed here:

Community Governance Review Committee 19th August 2020

Community Governance Review Committee 9th September 2020

Making Comments

Should you wish to submit a written representation regarding any of the draft recommendations set out above please address it to:

Electoral Services

Harborough District Council

The Symington Building

Adam and Eve Street

Market Harborough

Leicestershire

LE16 7AG

Alternatively your submission may be emailed to:

cgr@harborough.gov.uk

The deadline for submissions is 30th November 2020.