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Community Governance Review

Why are we conducting a review?

We have decided to conduct a Community Governance Review (CGR) because it is good practice to carry one out every 10-15 years. The purpose of the review is to enable the Council to consider what, if any, changes are needed to parish council/town council arrangements.

What will the review consider?

The review will consider the whole of the St Albans City and District area. The district currently has 8 parish councils and 1 town council. Please see the "Maps" sections below for maps showing the area covered by each of the existing Parish and Town Councils as well as the unparished area.

The review will consider whether the community governance arrangements across the district are fit for purpose. It will take account of areas of new or proposed housing and determine whether changes to existing boundaries are required because of these developments. 

The review will also consider;

●         whether to ward unwarded parishes, including whether to create new parish council(s) or make changes to existing parish arrangements.

●        any other community governance related proposals that may arise during the review.

Draft Recommendations

During the initial consultation stage a number of suggestions were made about community governance in the district. A report listing all of these suggestions was submitted to the Policy Committee on 23 June 2022 and a number of draft recommendations were agreed for a further round of public consultation. Details of these recommendations are provided below.

Have your say

Between 1st July and 16th September 2022, a second round of public consultation was held.

Any opinions or views provided as part of this consultation will be published. Please find our Privacy Notice below:

Next steps

All of the comments received during the second round of consultation were reported to the Policy Committee on 24 November 2022

The review will conclude with final recommendations being submitted to Full Council on 7 December 2022 when a final decision will be made.

Timetable

Event

Date

Approval of timetable and terms of reference for the Community Governance Review [CGR] by the Policy Committee.

4th November 2021

Formal commencement of CGR.  

4th January 2022

Initial consultation stage.

4th January to 31st March 2022

Report to Policy Committee on proposed draft recommendations.

June 2022

Draft recommendations published.

1st July 2022

Consultation on draft recommendations.

1st July to 16th September 2022

Proposed final recommendations submitted to Policy Committee.

November 2022

Final recommendations submitted to Council.

December 2022

Community Governance Order(s) made.

January 2023

Maps

Map of the current boundaries in the whole local authority area Toggle accordion

A map showing the whole local authority with the current outer parish / town council boundaries and the unparished area: 

Maps - current parish / town council boundaries Toggle accordion

Maps of the current outer boundaries of each parish / town council: 

Maps to accompany the draft recommendations Toggle accordion

Maps to accompany the final recommendations Toggle accordion

Maps of the current and proposed parish / town council boundaries and parish / town ward boundaries.

These maps are interactive. To use the interactive features, download the relevant map(s) and use the "Layers" panel on the left hand side of the PDF(s) to select / deselect the boundaries that you'd like to view. 

Terms of Reference

As well as agreeing that a Community Governance review should be carried out, the Council has set out broad terms of reference for the review. This document provides more detailed information on what happens during the review, along with its timescale.

Predicted electorates 

We have calculated the predicted electorates per polling district for 2027 to assess any impact that population changes and housing development might have in the district within the next five years.

On 4 January 2022, at the start of the Community Governance Review (CGR), predicted electorates for 2026/2027 were published per polling district. These predictions were based on the polling district boundaries in place on 4 January 2022. 

Following the Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s (LGBCE) review of district ward boundaries, Electoral Services conducted a polling district review to align polling districts with the new district ward boundaries. The new polling districts were approved by the council’s Licensing and Regulatory Committee on 25 January 2022. The electoral register was published on the new district ward and polling district boundaries on 1 February 2022.  

Therefore, the CGR predicted electorates for 2026/2027 have been recalculated based on the new (1 February 2022) polling district boundaries.