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Longtown 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 Longtown 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, the Longtown Group Parish Council expressed an interest in separating the parish of Walterstone from the group and instead amalgamating Walterstone with Ewyas Harold Group Parish Council. Following confirmation of these proposals with Longtown Group, the parish council noted that at the parish council meeting on 20 September 2017 it was agreed that while the parish council could not formally request these changes without consulting the residents of Walterstone, but it can confirm that the reasons originally indicated are still relevant.

This initial stage of the review is to find out local views and assess what solutions are the right ones to pursue to a full proposals consultation.

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

Glossary of terms

Consultation responses

You can view the consultation responses.

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 22 June 2018
Presentation of proposals 22 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