Bishopstone Group community governance review

A community governance review is carried out to consider arrangements for parish councils such as creating, merging, altering or abolishing parish councils, changing a parish council's boundary or the naming of parish councils and their electoral arrangements.

This round of community governance reviews has now been concluded. You can read and listen to the council's decision to agree the recommendations.

Why are we proposing a community governance review for Bishopstone Group Parish Council?

As part of a county wide consultation with parishes in 2016, a number of parishes came forward to highlight that they wished to either increase or decrease the number of seats on their parish council.

During that consultation, Bishopstone Group Parish Council indicated that they wished to remove the three seats which remained vacant following the elections in May 2015. Current and proposed arrangements would involve relatively low numbers of electors for every councillor on the parish council.

However, in a subsequent follow up consultation undertaken in the last two months, Bishopstone Group have now indicated that they no longer wish to remove the three seats which remained vacant following the elections in May 2015.

They would, however, like to take part in the community governance review to move a boundary on the north side of the A438 at Sugwas Pool, Swainshill, and Sugwas parish.

The terms of reference contains further information about the review and was approved by Council on 13 October 2017.

Glossary of terms

Consultation phases

Phase 2 consultation closed on 29 June 2018

You can download the responses to the phase 1 and phase 2 consultations.

Information sheet

Review timetable

Action By when
Terms of reference presented to Council 13 October 2017
Publish terms of reference 11 December
Initial consultation period 11 December 2017 to 1 February 2018
Consultation phase 1 1 February to 6 April 2018
Prepare draft proposals and recommendations 6 April to 10 May 2018
Consultation phase 2: Draft proposals and recommendations 11 May to 29 June 2018
Presentation of proposals 29 June to 1 July 2018
Prepare final proposals 2 July to 31 July 2018
Internal consultation and sign-off report August/September 2018
Report to Council Report published five days before Council, October 2018
If required - organisation of Community Governance Order To be advised