Proposed changes to seven parish councils to reflect evolving communities

Herefordshire Council is consulting with residents about potential changes to seven parish councils in the county. The first stage of the consultation – legally known as a ‘community governance review’ – is looking to find out local views from residents of the following parishes:

A ‘community governance review’ considers a number of potential changes for parish councils to make sure they reflect the evolving democratic needs of their community. This could be by creating or merging parish councils, altering a parish boundary or even changing the number of councillors that serve the parish.

Councillor Nigel Shaw, Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance, Housing and Corporate Services, said:

“Parish councils are the most local form of government. They are the voice of the local community, working with other tiers of government and external organisations to improve the quality of life in the area. As communities move and grow, it is vital that the parish council reflects the democratic needs of that community, so I would urge residents to have their say on proposed changes to the future of their parish council.”

The results of the initial consultation will feed into formal recommendations for each parish council, which will open for consultation in May 2018.

The proposals can be viewed online www.herefordshire.gov.uk/cgr - it only takes a few minutes to have your say. All comments must be received by Friday 23 March 2018.

Published: Tuesday, 13th February 2018