Community Governance Review Drop-In On 30 January

Community Governance Review? What’s that all about then?

You may recall that Cotswold District Council wrote to all households in Upper Rissington last year seeking feedback on the future of Upper Rissington Parish Council. Currently the Council has seven members; a request has been made to increase the number of councillors to nine or 11 and to consider introducing warding.

The initial consultation did not lead to any clear view from residents on either future councillor numbers or the introduction of parish warding. The consultation has now been re-opened for further comment – until 18th February.

In addition, CDC will be holding an exhibition/drop-in session between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday 30th January 2019 in the Community Room at Upper Rissington Village Hall. Nigel Adams, Electoral Services Officer for Cotswold District Council, will be on hand to answer all your questions and listen to your views about the future of the Parish Council.

A letter has been sent to all households in the Parish by first class post – a copy is attached below for your information.

To comment on the review, you may complete the consultation comments form (below), or email or write to Nigel Adams directly, at the CDC Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX.

If you have already submitted a response to the review, and your views have not changed, then you do not need to do anything – your views will be taken into account when CDC considers the options.

Community Governance Review Gets Underway

Cotswold District Council has agreed to undertake a community governance review in respect of (i) a potential increase in the number of councillors to be elected to Upper Rissington Parish Council (with options for 9 and 11 councillors); and (ii) the division (or not) of the parish into wards for the election of those councillors.

As CDC is seeking to combine reviews for seven different parishes, the intended start of the URPC review has been delayed to enable the same timeline to be pursued for all of the reviews. However, all reviews will now begin next week, when the required first stage consultation letters will be sent out.

There will be an eight-week consultation period. CDC will then consider all representations received and formulate draft recommendation(s).

The draft recommendation(s) will then be published, and be subject to a second ‘round’ of public consultation. At its meeting in September, CDC will consider the representations received and decide whether to implement the recommendation(s), in whole or in part. They will then publish the review decision/outcome; and any revised arrangements will take effect from the May 2019 elections.

–  Report from Nigel Adams, Head of Electoral Services, CDC, to the Annual Parish Meeting on 22 March 2018.