What is a Community Governance Review?

A community governance review is the process used to considered whether existing parish arrangements should be changed in any way.  This includes:

  • Altering the boundaries of existing parishes
  • Changing the names of existing parishes
  • Creating a new parish or abolishing an existing parish
  • Creating or abolishing parish councils
  • The electoral arrangements for parish councils (including the number of councillors and arrangements for parish warding)
  • The grouping or de-grouping of parish councils (and consequential changes to their electoral arrangements)
  • The 'style' of a parish (enabling an area to be known as a town, community, neighbourhood or village rather than a parish)

Torridge District Council is carrying out a community governance review pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.

The review will have regard to the "Guidance on Community Governance Reviews" issued by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.  The aim of the review is to ensure that the arrangements for community governance across Torridge reflect 'the identities and interests of the community in the area' and are 'effective and convenient'.

The review will be conducted in accordance with the terms of reference, which can be downloaded pdf icon here. [204kb]

Torridge District Council is statutorily responsible for carrying out the review.  The conduct of the review will be overseen by the Council's Community Governance Review Task and Finish Group.  Formal decisions as to the terms of reference for the review and the recommendations arising from the review will be made by the Full Council.

The whole of Torridge is included in the scope of the review.  We are particularly keen to hear from local people and parish councils with proposals as to where are how they believe parish arrangements should be reviewed.