Community Governance Review of Normandy Parish
A Community Governance Review of Normandy Parish has been carried out.
What is a Community Governance Review?
A Community Governance Review is a review of the whole or part of the Borough to consider:
creating, merging, altering or abolishing parishes
the naming of a parish and the style of a new parish (for example, whether to call it a "village", "community" or "neighbourhood" with the council similarly named as a "village council", "community council" or "neighbourhood council")
electoral arrangements for parishes (including council size, the number of councillors to be elected to the council, and parish warding)
grouping parishes under a common parish council or de-grouping parishes.
We need to make sure that community governance within the area under review will be:
reflective of the identities and interests of the community in that area
effective and convenient.
In doing so, the Community Governance Review is required to take into account:
the impact of community governance arrangements on community cohesion
the size, population and boundaries of a local community or parish.
The government has emphasised that recommendations made in Community Governance Reviews ought to bring about improved community engagement, more cohesive communities, better local democracy and result in more effective and convenient delivery of local services.
Why carry out a Community Governance Review?
Following the submission by Normandy Parish Council of a valid community governance petition, signed by 189 local government electors within Normandy parish, we were required by law to undertake a Community Governance Review to consider the petitioners' request, which was:
"We the undersigned, being residents of Normandy, hereby petition Guildford Borough Council to conduct a Community Governance Review of Normandy Parish with a view to increasing the number of Parish Councillors from its present level of seven Councillors to nine Councillors."
The Parish Council's justification for the increase in the number of parish councillors was set out indated 12 July 2017.
What was the consultation about?
We consulted the public on the request in the petition referred to above, which was
To increase the number of parish councillors on Normandy Parish Council from seven to nine.
The proposal to increase the number of parish councillors on Normandy Parish Council from seven to nine was approved at a Council meeting on Wednesday 7 February 2018.
The change will come into effect at the next parish council elections on 2 May 2019.
For the purposes of this review, we were also required by law to make recommendations on other related "electoral arrangements" in respect of Normandy Parish Council:
(a) the year in which ordinary elections of parish councillors are to be held
(b) the division (or not) of the parish into wards for the purpose of electing parish councillors
(c) the number and boundaries of any such wards
(d) the number of parish councillors to be elected for any such ward
(e) the name of any such ward.
In relation to (a) above, we proposed that no change be made to the year of ordinary elections, as they currently coincide with borough council elections and elections to other parish councils in the borough.
In relation to (b) to (e) above, the introduction of 'wards' would mean that each parish councillor would be elected by voters living within a particular area (or ward) within the parish, and they would represent those voters on the parish council. We propose that, irrespective of the outcome of this community governance review, Normandy Parish Council should continue to be unwarded, that is, no change be made. Normandy Parish Council supports this proposal.
In the public consultation, we asked for people's views on the proposals to:
1. increase the number of parish councillors on Normandy Parish Council from seven to nine
2. make no other changes to the electoral arrangements in respect of Normandy Parish Council
The parish of Normandy is within the Normandy ward of Guildford Borough Council. It is also located within the Worplesdon Division of Surrey County Council and forms part of the Woking Parliamentary Constituency.
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For the purpose of this review, we are required to forecast the expected growth in dwellings/traveller pitches for the Parish of Normandy for the coming five years.
The forecast amounts to 24 homes (this figure includes permissions, sites identified in the Land Availability Assessment and Local Plan allocations). However, this figure assumes that all of the homes expected to be delivered within the first five years of the Local Plan period (2019/20 - 2023/24) would be delivered five years from now, which may not be the case.
Community Governance Review timetable
A Community Governance Review must, by law, be concluded within a 12-month period from the day on which we receive a valid community governance petition and ending on the day on which we publish the final recommendations.
The agreed timetable for the Community Governance Review is set out below:
14 July 2017
Community governance petition received.
10 October 2017
Terms of Reference and Timetable for Review approved by Guildford Borough Council.
13 October 2017
Approved Terms of Reference published.
8 December 2017
Closing date for consultation period (5pm).
7 February 2018
Guildford Borough Council considered the consultation submissions and published the final recommendations that the number of parish councillors on Normandy Parish Council should be increased from seven to nine.