Review of Community Governance Arrangements in the unparished area of Chester - Phase two

Closing date: 25 October 2017

​If you live in or have a connection to the unparished area of Chester, we would welcome your views on the recommendations from the Phase One consultation.

Background

Having a say in what happens in local neighbourhoods is really important. That's why Cheshire West and Chester Council is undertaking Community Governance Reviews of the unparished area of Chester with the aim of finding out what arrangements currently exist and what people feel about them.

Some communities in West Cheshire are represented locally by town or parish councils whilst others, known as unparished areas, are represented by different forms of community governance arrangements like community meetings, neighbourhood/tenant management organisations and community, residents' or tenants' associations.

In Chester this review includes the unparished wards of Blacon, Boughton, Chester City, Garden Quarter, Handbridge Park, Hoole, Lache and Newton.

Recommendations from the Phase One Consultation

Cheshire West and Chester Council, earlier this year, undertook a consultation exercise in the unparished area of Chester to find out what governance arrangements currently existed and what people felt about them. The Council reviewed the comments it received and has made the following recommendations:

1. The community governance arrangements for the unparished area of Chester remain unchanged and that no new parish or parishes should be constituted in the unparished area.The community governance arrangements for the unparished area of Chester remain unchanged and that no new parish or parishes should be constituted in the unparished area.

2. The Council also recommends that the Chester Locality Team and the District Advisory Panel for Chester:

  • explore ways of strengthening and improving current community governance arrangements with existing community groups within the unparished area of Chester, and
  • include greater publicity about, and communication with, existing community groups and enhanced promotion of the Chester District Advisory Panel as a vehicle for local engagement.

How to get involved

If you live in or have a connection to the unparished area of Chester, we would welcome your views on the recommendations outlined above from the Phase One consultation. The consultation closes at midnight on 25 October 2017.

Other ways to take part

More information about Community Governance

The full terms of reference, agendas and minutes of meetings of the Community Governance Review Committee can be accessed on the council website:

How your feedback will be used

The review will allow residents in the unparished area of Chester to express their views about the community governance in their area. Any comments received will be considered by the Community Governance Review Committee in November 2017 and final recommendations will be considered by Council on 14 December 2017.

Accessing information in other formats

Council information is also available in audio, braille, large print or other formats. If you would like a copy in a different format, in another language or require a British sign language (BSL) interpreter:

What is a Community Governance Review?

Under the provisions in Part 4 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 ("the 2007 Act") Community Governance Reviews are intended to improve the development and co-ordination of support for citizens and community groups so that they can make the best use of empowerment opportunities. The Government (through the 2007 Act and the Localism Act 2011) and the Council (through its corporate plan and agenda for locality working) recognise the important role that parish councils play in their local areas both in terms of community empowerment and engagement and the delivery of local services.

  • Parish Councils - Parish councils are the most local tier of government in England and are responsible for areas known as civil parishes, funded through a separate charge on residents, known as a parish precept. They are elected bodies with powers and rights laid down by Parliament to represent their communities and provide services for them, including a right to raise money by precept. They must hold an annual meeting and at least three other meetings each year. Larger parish councils may be warded. A parish with a small electorate may share a council with one or more neighbouring parishes. A parish council may be known as a 'town', 'community', 'village' or 'neighbourhood' council. Those parish councils which border the unparished area are being consulted.
  • Parish meetings - Not every civil parish has a parish council. However, all parishes must have an annual parish meeting consisting of all the local electors in the parish. A parish meeting has a number of functions, powers and rights of notification and consultation. The trustees of a parish meeting hold property and act on its behalf.
  • Other (non parish) forms of community governance - Cheshire West and Chester Council must consider other forms of community governance as alternatives to or stages towards establishing parish councils. These include arrangements such as community meetings, neighbourhood management, tenant management organisations, area/community forums, residents' and tenants' associations and community associations.
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