Review & Consultation of Town & Parish Council arrangements in Torridge

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Torridge District Council is starting the first round of consultation for a Community Governance Review of the Town and Parish Councils in the area. The review gives local people the opportunity to have their views heard about whether current parish arrangements should be changed. This could include the creation or abolition of parishes and parish councils, or changes to parish boundaries.

The review of parish boundary arrangements follows the Local Government Boundary Commission for England's review of the Borough Council's own wards, which was finalised earlier this year.

Democratic Support Lead Member - Councillor Sam Robinson, said: "It is important that parish arrangements are up to date and reflect the needs of the communities concerned. Given the length of time since the last parish boundary review, it is appropriate to undertake a community governance review in time for the elections in 2019. The review is all about giving local people a voice to tell us what does and doesn't work in their parishes. We'd like to hear from as many people as possible over the next few weeks so please get in touch and let us have your views."

Any changes brought about as a result of the review will be implemented in time for the Town and Parish Council elections scheduled in May 2019.

The first period of consultation is now underway and will remain open for 9 weeks until the 23rd February. The Council will use the submissions to produce draft proposals in the spring which will be subject to a second public consultation.

To have your say, please write to Electoral Services, Riverbank House, Torridge District Council, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2QG or email elections@torridge.gov.uk

For more information, visit www.torridge.gov.uk/cgr where you will find the Terms of Reference for the review.