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Community governance arrangements

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.

The process in West Cheshire

Following a scrutiny review of our relationship with local (i.e. town and parish councils) across the borough, we agreed to undertake a review of community governance arrangements across the whole of the borough before the next elections in May 2015. 

Following the scrutiny review, Council on 28 July 2011 agreed that a borough wide Community Governance Review be carried out and a Community Governance Review Committee was established to undertake the reviews on behalf of the Council. Between 2011-2014, Community Governance Reviews of 161 of the 166 civil parishes across Cheshire West and Chester borough were undertaken. It was agreed that the Community Governance Reviews for the unparished areas for Chester and Ellesmere Port be undertaken separately after the parish reviews were completed.

The full terms of reference, agendas and minutes of meetings of the Committee can be accessed here.

Review of the unparished areas of Chester and Ellesmere Port (current 2016/17)

The Community Governance Review Committee on 10 October 2016 agreed the Terms of Reference for two Community Governance Reviews for the unparished area of Chester and the unparished area of Ellesmere Port.

The following wards come under the Chester review:

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

The following wards come under the Ellesmere Port review:

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

The timetable for the review below provides for a number of opportunities for comments and submissions by residents and community groups. Specifically these are:

  • Stage one: 20 October 2016 - 14 December 2016 (consultation now closed)
  • Stage two - Draft Recommendations: 1 February 2017 - 26 March 2017
  • Stage three - Publish final proposals: 26 April 2017 - 26 May 2017

Stage one consultation ran from 20 October to 14 December 2016 and further information can be viewed:

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.


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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