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Community Governance Review

A community governance review provides an opportunity for the Council to review and make changes to community governance within its area. Such reviews can be undertaken in response to demographic changes such as a rise in population as a result of significant new housing development or can be prompted through the presentation of a petition to the Council.

Who undertakes a Community Governance Review?

As the principal authority, Cheshire West and Chester Council is responsible for undertaking any community governance review within its electoral area.

Review of the unparished areas of Chester and Ellesmere Port

The Council is currently undertaking reviews of the governance arrangements in the unparished areas of Chester and Ellesmere Port.

Terms of Reference

Some communities in West Cheshire are represented locally by town or parish councils whilst others, known as unparished areas, are represented by different forms of community governance arrangements like community meetings, neighbourhood/tenant management organisations and community, residents or tenants associations.

The following wards come under the unparished areas of Chester:

  • Blacon
  • Boughton
  • Chester City
  • Garden Quarter
  • Handbridge Park
  • Hoole
  • Lache
  • Newton

The following wards come under the unparished areas of Ellesmere Port:

  • Ellesmere Port Town
  • Grange
  • Ledsham and Manor
  • Little Neston and Burton (part)
  • Netherpool
  • Rossmore
  • St Paul's
  • Strawberry
  • Sutton
  • Whitby
  • Willaston and Thornton

The first stage of the Community Governance Review has been completed.

Residents, stakeholders and community groups were asked for their views on the current governance arrangements in the unparished areas of Chester and Ellesmere Port.

Following the comments and views received from residents, stakeholders and community groups, the Community Governance Review Committee analysed these results and made the following recommendations:

Agreed: That

1 Having regard to the need to secure that community governance reflects the identities and interests of the community in the area and is effective and convenient, and taking into account the Phase One consultation feedback and responses received in connection with the review and the arrangements (other than parish arrangements) that have been made and could be made, the following draft recommendations be published for Stage Two of the consultation in accordance with the Terms of Reference:

1.1 The community governance arrangements for the unparished area of Chester remain unchanged and that no new parish or parishes should be constituted in the unparished area;

1.2 The Council's Chester Locality Team and the District Advisory Panel for Chester be asked to:

1.2.1 explore ways of strengthening and improving current community governance arrangements with existing community groups within the unparished area of Chester where dissatisfaction has been expressed with the current arrangements; and

1.2.2 to include greater publicity about, and communication with, existing community groups and enhanced promotion of the Chester District Advisory Panel as a vehicle for local engagement;

2 Any feedback from the Boundary Commission briefing session with Town and Parish Councils, of relevance to the community governance review of the unparished area of Chester, be shared with the Committee.

Stage two consultation - draft recommendations for the unparished areas of Chester and Ellesmere Port

Closing date: 25 October 2017

Residents, stakeholders and local organisations are now being asked to comment on draft recommendations for the unparished areas in Chester and Ellesmere Port which were approved by the Community Governance Review Committee. Having a say in what happens in your own neighbourhood is really important.

To participate in stage two of the community governance review, the Council would now welcome your comments and views on these recommendations.

Timescale

  • 21 September - 25 October 2017: Consultation on draft recommendations for the unparished areas of Chester and Ellesmere Port
  • 26 October - 10 November 2017: Cheshire West and Chester Council considers all comments received and prepares final recommendations for the Community Governance Review Committee to consider
  • 14 November 2017: Community Governance Review Committee considers and agrees final recommendations
  • 14 December 2017: Cheshire West and Chester Council's Full Council approves final recommendations for the unparished areas of Chester and Ellesmere Port

Review of the parished areas of the borough (concluded 2014)

The Community Governance Reviews of 161 of the 166 civil parishes across the borough were concluded when on 16 October 2014 Council agreed final recommendations for areas not previously agreed and revised final recommendations for others which had been subject to further changes.

Outcome

Where changes to parish boundaries and governance arrangements were agreed, the Council has now made 67 Reorganisation of Community Governance Orders to give effect to the recommendations from 1 April 2015. Reference copies of each Reorganisation Order and all the agreed final recommendations and decision notices are available to view at the Council’s office at HQ, 58 Nicholas Street, Chester CH1 2NP and at the Council’s offices at The Forum Chester, at Civic Way Ellesmere Port and at Wyvern House Winsford. Copies are also located in library buildings across the borough.

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