Community Governance Review – could affect you
Parish and Town Councils are the first tier of local government. They play a vital role in engaging with local people and helping to shape their communities. Cornwall Council (CC) is currently undertaking a Community Governance Review (CGR) for the whole of Cornwall. This provides an opportunity to review and make changes to governance arrangements at parish level. This is to ensure they are working as efficiently and effectively as they should be. It also ensures that they are reflective of the identity and interest of local communities.
You can find out more information from CC about the CGR here – https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/community-governance-reviews/
Gwinear-Gwithian Parish Council would like to consult you on changes it would like to make to the Parish boundaries. We would like to hear from you regarding these changes:-
View each affected area individually here:-
You can also attend one of our information events as follows:-
- WI Hall, Turnpike Road, Connor Downs, TR27 5DT. – 10am-1pm Saturday 7th September 2019
- Gwinear Gwithian Parish Hall – Copper Meadows, Reawla, Gwinear, HAYLE, TR27 5FN – 5.30pm-8pm Thursday 12th September 2019
You can comment on the proposals here – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MGR692Y
Alternatively you can fill out and return the GGPC-CGR Questionnaire to us by the closing date which is the 29th September 2019, you can pick up a questionnaire at the following locations and drop them back once completed in the drop off boxes provided:-
- CARNHELL GREEN SHOP & POST OFFICE, 2 CARNHELL RD, CARNHELL GREEN TR14 0LZ
- GWINEAR GWITHIAN PARISH HALL, COPPER MEADOWS . REAWLA, GWINEAR, CORNWALL TR27 5FN
- ROYAL STANDARD PUB, 50 CHURCHTOWN, GWINEAR, HAYLE TR27 5JL
- CONNOR DOWNS PETROL STATION, 31 TURNPIKE RD, CONNOR DOWNS, HAYLE TR27 5DT
- GWITHIAN CHURCH, 11 CHURCHTOWN ROAD, GWITHIAN
If you would like to speak to someone about this review you can contact the Clerk, Mrs Vida Perrin on 01736 850129 between 9-12noon Monday to Friday, please leave a telephone message for the Clerk to contact you outside of those hours.
Gwinear-Gwithian Parish Council . Gwinear Gwithian Parish Hall. Copper Meadows . Reawla . Gwinear . Cornwall . TR27 5FN
Cornwall Council has launched a consultation on the CGR here – https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/community-governance-reviews/
Community Governance Review (CGR)
Following on from the Electoral Boundary Review, Cornwall Council (CC) will now start the CGR. The CGR is a review of the governance arrangements of all of the parishes in the CC area.
The CGR will consider whether it is appropriate to make changes to parish areas and parish electoral arrangements; and potentially the alteration, merging, creation and abolition of parishes, the naming of parishes and the adoption of alternative styles for new parishes. It might also involve changes to the electoral arrangements for parishes (the ordinary year of election; the council size; the number of councillors to be elected to the council, and whether to divide the parishes into wards for the purposes of elections). In some cases it might be appropriate to group parishes under a common parish council.
Whilst the primary focus of the Review will be city, town and parish council matters, the outcome will be presented to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, which has responsibility for Cornwall Council ward matters. In a limited number of instances, the Council may wish to request the Commission to alter a unitary Council division boundary so that it is coterminous with a parish boundary.
There may also be a need to make changes that arise in consequence of the Review (termed “consequential matters”), and these might include provisions for the transfer of parish council staff, property and assets, or the setting of precepts for any new parish councils that may be formed.
Consequential Matters may include:-
- the transfer and management or custody of property;
- the setting of precepts for new parishes;
- provision with respect to the transfer of any functions, property, rights and liabilities;
- provision for the transfer of staff, compensation for loss of office (council staff redundancy), pensions and other staffing matters.
Cornwall Council will embark on the first round of consultation regarding the CGR in March 2019 with final recommendations being presented in mid 2020.
The Boundary Commission has made its final recommendations for the electoral review of Cornwall to view the full report please click here:-
The new arrangements for the Parish of Gwinear-Gwithian will be as follows:-
The next stage will be for Cornwall Council to undertake a Governance review of all Parish and Town Council’s. We anticipate this will take place in 2019/2020 ready for the 2021 Council elections. Further information will be posted on this page as details emerge.
You can view the recommendations the Boundary Commission are making here:-
You can also view their interactive map and ‘have you say’ on the recommendations here:-
The Boundary Commission recommendations for your Parish are in line with those put forward by Gwinear-Gwithian Parish Council. If you agree with the recommendations we still urge you to comment and give your support to them. The closing date for comments to the Boundary Commission is Monday the 17th September 2018.
The Boundary Commission has postponed its consultation as follows:-
Publication of our draft recommendations for Cornwall Council, which were due to be published on 8 May 2018, has been postponed. Our draft recommendations will now be published on 5 June 2018.
Due to the significance of our work with Cornwall Council, the Commission is taking more time to refine our recommendations before we put them before the public for consultation.
The 5 June 2018 will be the start of a 15-week public consultation that will close on 17 September 2018. Following this, the Commission intends to publish final recommendations for Cornwall Council in December 2018.
The Boundary Commission asked local people and organisations for their help to draw up new division boundaries across Cornwall during a consultation between Sept 2017 and Feb 2018.
The Commission announced that it is minded to recommend that Cornwall Council should have 87 councillors in the future.
They are now drawing up a new pattern of divisions to accommodate 87 councillors based on the public’s submissions to the consultation.
The Boundary Commission will release their draft recommendations on the 8 May 2018. Important dates for the Boundary Commission consultation to remember:-
|Date From:||Date To:|
|Consultation on council size||13 June 2017||7 August 2017|
|Consultation on warding arrangements||26 September 2017||19 February 2018|
|Consultation on draft recommendations||8 May 2018||16 July 2018|
|Final recommendations||2 October 2018|
The Parish Council has put forward its submission to the Boundary Commission in time for the 19 February deadline. Thank you for your continued support on this consultation. The following map shows the proposal we feel will best fit our Parish:-
The map above is similar to the submission made by Cornwall Council to the Boundary Commission. The Parish Council also supported the proposed ward name of Gwinear-Gwithian & Phillack.
The Boundary Commission is running a twenty-one-week public consultation which started on the 26th September 2017 during which time the Commission is inviting proposals for new division arrangements for Cornwall. The consultation will close on 19 February 2018. After considering all representations made during this consultation, the Commission intends to publish draft recommendations in May 2018. There will then be a further period of consultation on the draft recommendations. Final recommendations are expected to be published in October 2018. The new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in 2021.
What is an electoral review?
The electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for Cornwall. It will propose:
- The total number of councillors elected to the council in the future
- The number of divisions
- The number of councillors representing each division
- Division boundaries
- Names of divisions
Parish electoral arrangements
The Boundary Commission will make recommendations on the number of councillors, the number and boundaries of wards, and the names of wards. It can also recommend changes to the electoral arrangement of parish and town councils i.e. the number, names and boundaries of parish wards; and the number of parish councillors for each parish ward. However, this is only in circumstances where the parished area is to be divided between wards. The Commission cannot, as part of this review, consider changes to the external boundaries, or create new parishes. Under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007, changes to external parish boundaries are the responsibility of the local authorities. In this case that would be Cornwall Council.
How to get involved
This is a public consultation and we welcome views from individuals and organisations across Cornwall on where they think new division patterns should be drawn.
The Commission is minded to recommend that 87 councillors should be elected to Cornwall Council in the future. It is now inviting proposals to help it draw up a pattern of divisions to accommodate 87 councillors.
In drawing up a pattern of electoral divisions, the Commission must balance three criteria, which are set out in law, namely:
- To deliver electoral equality where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across Cornwall.
- That the pattern of divisions should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities.
- That the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.
We are asking local people and organisations for their views as to the best pattern of divisions for Cornwall which meet the requirements set out above.
The Commission will treat all submissions equally and will judge each case on its merits and against the statutory criteria. If you wish to put forward a view, we would also urge you to ensure that evidence supports your submission. For example, if you wish to argue that two parishes should be included in the same electoral division, make sure you tell the Commission why they should be together, providing evidence about community facilities, ties, organisations, and amenities, rather than simply asserting that they belong together.
There is plenty more advice on our website about how you can get involved in the consultation and put your views forward. The website includes the technical guidance that explains the process and our policies as well as guidance on how to take part in each part of the process. We have set up a page on our site which is dedicated to the review of Cornwall where you can find all the relevant information.
You can also access interactive maps of the current division boundaries across Cornwall on our specialist consultation portal. The portal also allows you to draw your own boundaries, mark areas of interest on the map and upload documents directly to the site.
Get in touch
The Commission welcomes comments on the recommendations report by 19 February 2018. Representations should be made:
– Through our specialist consultation portal where you can explore the maps of the recommendations, draw your own boundaries and supply comments
– By email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Or in writing to Review Officer (Cornwall), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th Floor, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
Cornwall Council public meetings
Cornwall Council is giving you an opportunity to come and discuss this consultation:-
The current DRAFT proposals for the County can be found HERE
You can view the Cornwall Council draft mapping site HERE you can see the existing boundaries and suggested boundaries by clicking on the layers.
Further information about the process and backgrou